Alpaca fleece is stronger, lighter, warmer, and more resilient than
wool from most breeds of sheep. Finer grades of alpaca fleece
(known commercially as “Baby Alpaca") are believed to be
hypo-allergenic, meaning they do not irritate your skin as sheep’s wool
sometimes does. Unlike sheep’s wool, alpaca fleece contains no lanolin
and is therefore ready to spin after only nominal cleaning of the
fleece. Prized for its unique, silky feel, and superb “handle," alpaca
fleece is highly sought-after by both cottage-industry artists (hand
spinners, knitters, weavers, etc.) as well as the commercial fashion
industry. One facet of alpaca fleece that makes it so much in vogue is
its great variety of natural colors; pure white, several shades of fawn
and brown, several shades of gray and true black – some 17 official
colors with many other subtle shades and hues. White, light fawn, and
light gray can be readily dyed, thus offering a rainbow of colors for
the fleece artist. Alpaca fleece can also be readily combined with other
fine fibers like merino wool, cashmere, mohair, silk, and angora to
attain incredibly interesting blends.
A + Alpaca
Fiber Mill (USA) : In their newly built mill,
they can individually process your fiber into high quality rovings, batts
and yarn. Their mill comes from their own need and desire to have yarn that
comes from only their animals - yarn from their farm. It is so exciting
to raise these beautiful animals with their wonderful fiber. How frustrating
it has been to get that special fiber, which you worked so hard to breed
for and to raise, turned into yarn. A+ Alpaca Fiber Mill will create yarn
from your farm so you can show off that special fiber! Every farm can have
their own yarn to market or turn into garments.
Alpaca Fiber Cooperative of North
America (AFCNA) : The mission of the Alpaca Fiber
Cooperative of North America, Inc. (AFCNA) is to create, promote and market
alpaca products for their members. The Board will do its very best to see
that AFCNA operates according to our mission statement. Their goal is to
maximize the long-term benefits to their members, the individual alpaca
fiber producers, and to their breeding industry as a whole.
: AlpacaNation.com is an Internet Web site uniquely devoted to the alpaca
industry. AN is specifically designed to bring the industry's global community
of alpaca breeders, owners, and suppliers into a centralized marketplace
on the Internet. Its presence on the World Wide Web allows alpaca owners
to freely access the most complete and current market information at any
time and from any location in the world.
Alpaca Owners Association :
Serve all Alpaca Owners Association members to facilitate their success
within the alpaca industry. Their vision is A recognized and
sustainable North American alpaca industry for alpaca owners, alpaca
breeders, and those who design, produce, and sell alpaca related
products and services.
Andean Source - Alpaca
Fleece Garments : Natural alpaca fleece garments - beautiful clothing
that is socially beneficial, environmentally friendly and comfortable to
wear. Made exclusively in Peru. The fabric used in Andean Source's
clothing is a woven blend of alpaca and wool fleece, produced exclusively
in Per. Andean Source wholesales and retails clothing in the United States,
but it is exclusively produced in Per. They currently have 4 garment styles, all of which you can see on
their web site. They are outer wear. Two are unisex (Andino and Sendero)
and a more functional type of garment the other 2 are for women (Tierra
and Chaparral) and are a more dressy type of garment.
AOBA : The association
was formed for the following purposes. (1) To promote public awareness and
membership appreciation of the Alpaca's unique qualities; (2) To educate
the membership on the care and breeding of the Alpaca; (3) To promote the
growth of the Alpaca industry as a whole; and (4) To foster the establishment
of the breed outside of its native land by encouraging husbandry and breeding
practices based upon, but not limited to, herd health, overall soundness,
and alpaca fiber production and products.
Going to the Sun Fiber Mill :
their Montana mill is sought after by many alpaca / llama breeders
as they can spin 100% pure fiber with no wool added. Address:
2063 Farm to Market Rd Kalispell, MT 59901 Phone 406-756-6772 e-mail:
International Alpaca Association (IAA)
: based in Peru, Non-profit trade organization of companies and breeders,
involved in the production, processing and trade of alpaca fiber. Extensive
article on properties and uses.
Morning Star Fiber
(USA) they are a family owned and run business
focusing on the processing of Alpaca and Icelandic Sheep fiber.
They offer full processing capabilities from washing
to skeining as well as dehairing, felting and roving. Their
website offers an interactive worksheet to give you an estimate of your
order. You can also call the mill manager Karen if you have any questions.
Their business started up in January of
2005 with all new Mini-Mills equipment. Address:
8522 Dover Road Apple Creek, OH 44606
contact: Karen Christensen
Naturtex : Ecological
Textile Products Naturtex manufactures eco-textiles on contract for private
label companies and prepares annual collections of yarns, fabrics, and apparel
under their trademarked names, Pakucho, Morrope,
Native Cotton and Vicuna Cotton. Combining these unique capabilities, Naturtex
has built a solid reputation for being a well connected and reliable contract
manufacturer and exporter. They service
some of the most demanding and complex international eco markets.
- Organic Cotton
- Organic Alpaca
: Naturally Unique Clothing and Gifts
Description: Offers "naturally unique" alpaca fiber fashions for
your individual tastes. Alpaca is the worlds finest natural fiber.