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  • NEAFP Guide: Grading Fiber

    Our goal is to keep fiber grading as straight forward as possible on the farmer's end. Our system is designed to be simple to understand while identifying the areas of the alpaca with different levels of fineness and staple length. We ask that all farm's submitting fiber keep it separated into the three basic grades, based on how it comes off during shearing. Fiber should be sheared, kept separate by shearing location, and quickly skirted to remove barn yard debris and short cuts under 1.5” in staple length. more »
  • Alpaca Fibre Processing

    The oldest and most traditional method of turning alpaca fibre into yarn is hand spinning. Alpaca is a very attractive fibre to the hand spinner as unlike sheep’s wool it is a dry fibre, containing minuscule amounts of lanolin and so can be spun straight from the fleece without the need to scour. Many BAS members sell individual fleeces in all colours to hand spinners. Some will sell carded (or combed) fleece and some washed and carded fleece in small quantities down to as little as 50-500g. The average unsorted alpaca fleece is around 2.5kg and will give a hand spinner enough fine fibre to keep them busy for a very long time. more »
  • Alpaca Fiber and the Development of its Production

    The article introduces alpaca and its fiber, and designs the proper yarn count and relative fabrics to meet the demands of markets according to the fact that the fiber of Alpaca is thicker than Merino wool, and has excerlent spinnability and unique performance of the fabric made of it. more »
  • 2014 Mill Survey Sorted by State

    A survey of several mills and their processing of suri. more »
  • Spinning Suri; Fleece, Fiber and Locks

    Hints and suggestions on spinning suri fleece. more »
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