Camelid Sample Pack.
20g (0.7oz) Camel
20g (0.7oz) Llama
20g (0.7oz) Suri Alpaca
20g (0.7oz) Huacaya Alpaca
LlamaLlama belong to the camelid family, and are closely related to Alpaca. This fibre comes from their undercoat, and is approximately 20-21 microns.Huacaya AlpacaNative to South America, Alpaca are smaller than Llamas, but produce a very similar fibre. This is 24-26 microns, but you can get fibre that is much finer, and fibre that is much coarser. Classically Alpaca was used for suiting, producing a fabric with beautiful drape and sheen. Suri AlpacaThe more common Alpaca that we use as spinners comes from the Huacaya Alpaca. That fibre is shorter and fluffier than this Suri Alpaca. Suri Alpaca grow long lustrous fleece. This fibre is around 26 microns, and often used instead of Mohair. Baby CamelThis fibre comes from the Bactrian (two humped) camel. Each year the camel sheds its coat, and this is collected by herdsmen. The fibre is then de-haired to remove the thicker hairs of the outer coat leaving behind the fine (17-19 micron) undercoat.
This fibre is hand dyed in small batches, where more than one braid is available they will have been dyed at the same time, using the same dye stock, but my dyeing technique produces braids with subtle variations.
These fibres have been dyed to exhaust using acid dyes, and then rinsed using hot water and detergent. I recommend you hand wash your spun yarn in warm water, using a mild pH neutral detergent. The no-rinse wool washes seems to be the most prone to causing bleeding so are best avoided.