alpaca

Fleece

The UK produces about 10 tonnes of fibre a year from a national herd size of around 14,000 registered animals. However, while this isn't adequate to fulfil demand from abroad, it's more than adequate to fulfil demand from the fibre craft industry at home. Spinners, felters, handknitters and weavers love working with alpaca fibres because it is beautifully soft, hypoallergenic and comes in an array of natural colours. The UK breed registry currently recognises only 12 colours, although internationally there are more than 22 colours (see below) and over 200 shades.

White
Light Fawn
Medium Fawn
Dark Fawn
Light Brown
Medium Brown
Dark Brown
Black
Dark Grey
Medium Grey
Light Grey
Rose Grey/ Roan

W
LF
MF
DF
LBR
MB
DBR
BLK
DG
MG
LG
RG

Fibre colours

The fleece of a full-grown alpaca can weight anything between 3.5kg up to 7.5kg and, as beautiful as the raw fleece is, many crafters prefer to use rovings, which is fleece that has been washed and combed.

There are several recognised gradings of fleece:

  • Superbaby – 19–20 microns
  • Baby – under 21 microns
  • Fine – between 22–26 microns
  • Coarse – 30–32 microns

However, although micron count is important, it's the overall feel of the fleece, or the handle, that is prized, making grading a slow very hands-on process.

Garyeannna Alpacas fleece

Our alpacas regularly produce fleece which is sent for processing into rovings and yarn. All of our fleeces are for sale as follows:

  • Full fleeces
  • Available in white, fawn, medium brown, chocolate brown and black

Please contact us for prices.

Garyeannna Alpacas