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Elite Alpaca - From Fleece to Fashion

Alpacas produce fibre that is considered a luxurious fibre by the textile industry and is valued in high fashion houses in Europe for its desirable attributes. It is sought after for its softness, warmth without weight, good strength and range of natural colours including white, brown, black and grey.

There are two types of alpacas: the huacaya (pronounced wa-ky-ah) and the suri. Although identical in body, these animals grow different fleece types. The huacaya, which comprises over 90% of the world alpaca population, has a fluffy appearance. This is because its fleece grows perpendicular to the body and is crimped or ridged. The suri’s fleece hangs down from the body in a variety of ringlet-type lock structures. Suri fibre is very smooth which gives this fleece an uncommonly high luster.

Alpaca fibre is an environmentally friendly product. The animals graze on natural pastures and supplements of grain based feeds.

Alpaca is fine, soft and warm. The fineness of the fibre is measured in microns (1 micron =1/1000 of a millimeter). The lower the micron, the finer the fleece; thus demanding a higher monetary value.

The construction of the individual alpaca fibre has half the scale height of sheep’s wool that gives it its trademark silky feeling.

Alpaca is unusually strong and resilient, thus making it an ideal fibre for industrial processing. It is naturally water repellent. Alpaca does not easily tear or pill.

Alpaca has good thermal capabilities and is several times warmer than sheep’s wool. It is an ideal natural material for the Canadian climate.

The absence of lanolin or grease in alpaca fibre contributes further to the desirability of the fleece. Those who are sensitive to sheep’s wool or allergic to the lanolin might be able to comfortably wear garments made of alpaca. The absence of grease avoids a heavy scouring process and the variety of natural colours minimizes the need for dyeing. Alpaca fibre takes dye readily, while retaining its natural luster.

Alpaca is a specialty fibre that performs well on its own, but can also be blended with other fibres to achieve different finishes. Alpaca is extremely versatile and is desired by clothing manufacturers around the world.

Alpaca is used and sold:

Alpaca fibre is harvested once a year by shearing it off the animal with sheep shears. Fleece growth on the alpaca varies in fineness, length, absence or presence of guard hair and colour. This variation makes it necessary to separate the differing sections for their attributes and planned end use. Best use shearing practices, thorough skirting and sorting delivers clean fleeces for processing to obtain best results from processing. It is of great benefit for alpaca breeders/owners and the alpaca fibre industry to use these preparations at the farm level to ensure quality end products, consistency for the processors and a maximized return.

Alpaca Ontario Fibre Promotion Committee


ALPACA FIBRE SORTING EDUCATION COURSES

Do you want to increase profits?
Learn how to sort and class your alpaca fibre. Click on the following link for complete programme details.

ALPACA FIBRE: BASIC FARM SORTER and CLASSER CERTIFICATION PROGRAMME






COMING EVENTS


2017 Classer Certification course
Date: July 23 to 26, 2017
Location: Bruce Mine, ON

The Fibre Initiative Committee is offering Part 2 of the Classer Certification Programme in July 2017.
Details



2017 Webinars
Date: Multiple dates in January through April, check details for the exact dates.
Location: In the comfort of your home

A series of presentations from the best in the world

Presenters: Dr. Gregg Adams, Saskatchewan
Dr. Christina Chambreau, USA
John Malenhuis, Ontario
Paul Vallely, Australia
Julie Wassom, USA


How: Webinars via the internet
Cost: The cost will be $30.00 each for Alpaca Ontario members and $35.00 each for non-members. If you register for all five webinars the cost will be $125.00 for AO members and $150.00 for non-members.

Details



Fibre Mill Directory
A & B Fiberworks
PO Box 678,
Linden, Ab.
Ph: 403 443 5907
Toll Free:
Fax: 403 443 5907
c/o Anne Goodwin-Estes
aandbfiberworks@gmail.com


Custom Woolen Mills
R.R. 1 30453 RgRd 272
Carstairs, AB. T0M 0N0
Ph: (403)337-2221
Toll Free:
Fax: (403)337-0256
c/o Fen Roessingh
info@customwoolenmills.com


Filature de la Ferme Norli Norli Farm Fiber Mill
160, route Pierre-Laporte
Bromont, Qc
Ph: 450 534-2305
Toll Free:
Fax:
c/o Lise Pollender
norlipol@yahoo.com


Freelton Fibre Mill
950 Regional Rd. 97
Puslinch, ON, N0B 2J0
Ph: 905-659-7442
Toll Free:
Fax: 905-659-7442
c/o Ute Zell
freeltonfibremill@gmail.com


Grand Valley Fibre Company Inc.
201215 County Rd 109
Grand Valley, Ontario L9W 0P7
Ph: prefer email
Toll Free:
Fax:
c/o Aldo & Jean Marascio
grandvalleyfibre@gmail.com


Gulf Islands Spinning Mill
351A Rainbow Rd
Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 2M4
Ph: 250-537-4342
Toll Free:
Fax:
c/o Co-op
spinningmill@shaw.ca


Hidden Touch Natural Yarns
5815 Main Street
Osgoode, ON K0A 2W0
Ph: : (613) 826-2226
Toll Free:
Fax: (613) 826-0908
c/o
info@hiddentouchyarns.ca


Legacy Lane Fibre Mill
56 Vail Court
Sussex, NB E4E 2R9
Ph: (506) 433-5604
Toll Free:
Fax:
c/o Amy Carpenter Tonning and Alyson Brown
legacyln@nb.sympatico.ca


Masters Fibre Mill
573 Humes Rd.
Richards Landing, ON P0R1J0
Ph: 705-257-1252
Toll Free:
Fax:
c/o Lorna Masters
lorna@mastersfibremill.ca


Qualicum Bay Fibre Works
2565 Bantam Road,
Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 2A3
Ph: 250-757-8844
Toll Free:
Fax:
c/o Anna Runnings
annarunn@qbfw.ca


Shears To You Fibre Pro's/Alpaca Time
5509 Hwy 9, RR #4
Harriston, ON N0G 1Z0
Ph: (519) 327-4566
Toll Free:
Fax:
c/o Deb Griffey
deb@shearstoyoufibrepros.ca


The Fibre Shop-Alpacas From Eighth and Mud
232 Eighth Road East,
Stoney Creek, ON L8J 3M2
Ph: (905) 643-0339
Toll Free:
Fax:
c/o John Docherty and Sharon Trent
sharonalpacas@gmail.com


Twisted Sisters Mill
49319B Rge Rd 234
Leduc County, AB T4X 1Y1
Ph: 780-986-5392
Toll Free:
Fax:
c/o Kevin & Leanne Sept
inquiries@twistedsistersmill.com


The Mill at Nuevo Norte
13854 County Road 2
Colborne, On., K0K 1S0
Ph: 905-269-4402
Toll Free:
Fax:
c/o Amy Kung-Oliver
info@nuevonortealpacas.ca


Wellington Fibres
7119 Middlebrook Rd
Elora N0B 1S0
Ph: 519-846-0669
Toll Free:
Fax:
c/o Donna Hancock
dhancock@wellingtonfibres.on.ca