Baby alpaca, or cria, is the term used to describe the first fleece off a yearling alpaca. This tends to be more uniform in fineness and longer than subsequent years’ growth.
‘Blanket’ is the term used to describe the fleece from the body of an alpaca. It is the finest part of the animal and contains the best fleece. This is premium fibre.
Traditionally, this cut is used for spinning and turning into clothing worn close to the body as it is so soft and doesn’t ‘prickle’.
The fleece is untreated and unwashed and may contain a little vegetation.
A bit about alpaca fibre:
Each individual strand – or fibre – lacks scales, making it super-soft to the touch and wonderful against the skin.
Containing very little lanolin, it is also more economical to prepare, needing very little washing to remove dust and dirt. In fact, a lot of hand-spinners will spin straight from the bag and simply wash the spun yarn at the end.
Alpacas are fibre animals, meaning their fleece grows continuously, so they sheared annually for their own well-being. We use and sell the best quality fleece for spinning and making garments. You can find some for sale in our other listings.
We are selling it in 500g packs and will be posted in vacuum bags.