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 Alpacas are part of the Camelidae family and come from South America, specifically from the Andean Cordillera highlands of Peru, Bolivia and Chile. They were domesticated about 6000 years ago.

Their weight is about 110 to 200 pounds (50 to 90 kg) and they have a height of 3 feet (90cm) at the shoulder and 5 feet (1.5 meters) above the head.

Gestation: The alpaca baby named cria is born after a gestation of 11 months to 11 months and a half. The alpaca gives birth to one cria at a time and it weighs about 14 to 20 pounds. He will be weaned from the age of 6 months.

Fiber: The fleece of alpaca is fine, very soft, dense, lustrous, shiny and does not contain lanolin so people allergic to sheep's wool can wear the clothes without problems! This high-end fiber is softer, warmer and stronger than sheep's wool. The fiber is harvested once a year. In Canada, alpaca fiber is sorted and classified according to 6 categories:

 

Grade 1 <20 micron =Ultrafine

Grade 2 20.1 - 22.9 micron =Superfine

Grade 3 23 - 25.9 micron =Fine

Grade # 4 26 - 28.9 micro =Medium

Grade 5 29 - 31.9 micron =Strong

Grade 6 32.1 - 35 micron =Robust

 

With the range of 22 natural colors, the ability to dye the fiber and the different lengths and categories of it no wonder we can create a multitude of products ...