Story: Exotic farm animals

Alpaca fibre

Alpaca fibre

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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Jim Esson, 'Exotic farm animals - Alpacas and llamas', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 May 2022)

Story by Jim Esson, published 24 Nov 2008