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Mountain Jewel Farm

Alpaca Clothing, Alpaca Socks, Accessories and Yarn

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Alpacas are Green

A soft, warm fiber with a better ecological "Padprint"

There are two types of alpacas: the Huacaya and Suri, both have fleece that is soft and luxurious and usable for textiles

n Most alpaca fleece is from Huacaya, which have a shorter, denser, fuzzy, tight-crimp fleece, and the fiber is similar to soft Merino sheep (95% of all alpaca fleece)

n Suri alpacas have a mop-like, straight, long fleece that hangs down off their back and stomach, and the fiber is similar to fine angora

Alpaca herds are easy on the land and promote a sustainable habitat

n Their feet do not disturb grass root systems, because they have a soft pad similar to that of a dog

n They do not live in a fragile ecology
n They do not destroy root systems or land when grazing, but rather trap grass gently

in their mouth without pulling from the root
n They consume a small amount of water (compared to goats) n Their waste can easily be used as fertilizer

Low micron count (highest quality) alpaca hair can substitute for cashmere

n You can confirm the micron count and consistency of the fiber to ensure quality Request this information down the supply chain- certainly the spinner knows this

information in order to spin the correct size yarn

n To gain extra softness and consistently long fiber length, silk or lyocell are also blended with alpaca

We recommend using fine alpaca fiber as a substitute for cashmere, and to explore the different micron qualities for various textures and end use. 

Updated March 27, 2016