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Baby Alpaca

Baby Alpaca

The alpaca is a species indigenous to the Andes. Members of the South American camel family, alpacas, along with the vicuna, guanaco and llama, live at altitudes ranging from 2,500 to 4,500 meters above sea level. Here these animals tolerate temperature variations of more than 40C. Due to harsh weather conditions prevailing in the Andes and a unique protein-free diet, alpacas grow a fine hair with remarkable softness, fineness, length and strength. The unique fibre offers a wide range of natural colours up to 30 standard shades.

There are approximately 4 million alpacas in South America; Eighty percent of them are in Peru, which are mostly found in the southern region called Puno.
Of the main production, this can be sub-divided into the following main fineness grades: - Baby Alpaca "Premium Alpaca" This is selected and graded into the most fine commercial grade if Alpaca being 21.5 to 23.5 microns in fibre diameter. FS Alpaca This is known as 'Superfine Alpaca', although not quite as fine as the Baby type, this still has superb handle and appearance.The micron range is 25/27.AG Alpaca This type represents much of the character of the finer grades. Whilst not as soft as the finer types it retains the unique handle and look.

Prestige Fibres sells in the finer grades of Alpaca as well as suitable blends with other fibres and specialises in blends with wool and silk.