The ancient Incas called alpaca fibre ‘the fibre of the gods’ because of its softness and silky lustre. It is of a similar fineness to merino wool and is claimed to be lighter, softer and warmer than wool. Alpaca fibre contains little oil so does not shrink when washed. It can be blended with other fibres such as wool, silk or mohair. This photograph shows the parted fleece, illustrating the staple length.
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Photograph by Alan Gibson
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