Raw Alpaca Fleece – Top 6 Things You Can Make with It

What you can make with raw alpaca fleece

 

Alpaca fiber and raw Alpaca fleece is much finer and warmer than wool. It has no natural grease and does not need cleaning before being spun into yarn. Alpaca is available in different colors, so spinners can work with the natural colors available without adding dyes. Some characteristics of alpaca fleece include:

  • Natural fiber from animals
  • Soft, lightweight, and luxurious fiber
  • Durable
  • Can be hand-washed or dry-cleaned
  • Has little static
  • Can be dyed
  • Blends well with other fibers

Local spinners in small mills all over the United States process alpaca fiber. There are also corporations that pool this type of fiber to create finished products. Most garments made with raw alpaca fleece are hand-made.

What to Look For When Buying Raw Alpaca Fiber

  • The length of the fibers should be uniform. The longer the fibers, the better.
  • Buy clean fibers. Some of the fiber available for sale is dirty with vegetation debris and dirt.
  • Check to see if the animal producing the fiber is properly taken care of. The texture of the fleece will depend on the health of the animal.

Things You Can Make with Raw Alpaca Fleece

1. Bedding (Stuffing in Duvets and Pillows)

Alpacas are raised in a natural setting environment without herbicides. They are not dipped into pesticides or chemicals, so their fleece is clean and harmless. The wool is perfect for making bedding pieces like duvets because the fiber has a modulated core which is fully or partially hollow. This aspect deters dust mites, which can cause asthma and other wool allergies. The porous nature of raw alpaca fleece is effective in the creation of an extra insulation value for the perfect balance of temperature in the bedroom. The bedding pieces made from raw alpaca fleece are easy to clean. There is no need of using chemical cleaners on alpaca fleece products; just place them in the sun to clean and deodorize them. Pillows made using raw alpaca fleece are luxurious and comfortable, and very safe to use.

2. Hats

The process of making hats from raw alpaca fleece is similar to the process of making hats using any other type of wool. The only difference is that using alpaca fleece is preferred, especially for people with wool allergies. The hats made from alpaca fibers are a good companion especially in the cold seasons. The porous nature of this fleece is important for temperature regulation in hot seasons, too. The different colors of alpaca fleece is a perfect feature in the making of hats. There is no need to add dyes to the natural color of the fleece when making hats.

3. Knitting Mitts, Gloves and Socks

Alpacas have two different fleece types: Huacaya fleece and Suri fleece. Huacaya fleece is crimped and wavy, whereas the Suri is a straight, fine and lustrous fiber. The Huacaya fleece is preferable for making mitts, gloves, and socks due to its coarser and shorter length features and how warm they are.

4. Braided Rugs and Baskets

These can be made from third grade fleece, which is the coarsest of all alpaca fleece textures. The making of rugs and baskets, however, requires some form of training. The rugs made from these fleece are durable and of high quality, not to mention visually appealing. The baskets, on the other hand, are also durable and can be used for decoration and shopping or traveling.

5. Knitted Jumpers

The making of jumpers from raw alpaca fleece also requires some form of training, but not to worry, the courses are short and easy to understand. The jumpers made from this fleece are of high quality (perfect for people with wool allergies) and durable. The jumpers have a high demand in the market and are pricey. Therefore, anybody can take up the production of raw alpaca fleece as a business idea and it will surely pay off in a short time.

6. Toys (Stuffed Animals)

The fact that alpaca fleece is safe to use and and has no allergy effect makes it perfect for making children’s toys, like stuffed animals. The wool can be used both to stuff inside the toy and to make the body of the toy. The teddy bears made from this fleece are fluffy and soft, and do not attract dust mites.

Alpaca fleece comes in 22 natural colors, with more than three hundred shades. This, together with the fact that alpaca ranching has a low impact on the environment, has caused the increase in demand for this type of wool.