We choose to feature the softest alpaca fiber, which is known as Baby Alpaca. This does not come from the first "saddle" of a cria, which is the proper name for a Baby Alpaca, but from animals bred for the finest micron that is lovely worn next to the skin.
Alpacas are members of the camelid family and originate in the Andes mountains in South America. There are two types, Suri and Huacaya; Suris are much rarer than Huacayas comprising only about 10% of the alpaca population. Alpacas are much smaller than llamas, standing about 3 feet tall and weighing about 100-180 pounds. Alpacas are delicate in appearance with a gentle disposition. They are a one coated animal (lacking the guard hair that most llamas have) and grow about 5-8 pounds of fiber a year, at a rate of about 3.5 inches per year. Their gestation period is 335 days, and females normally give birth once a year to a baby (cria) that weighs 10-19 pounds. Their life span is about 15-20 years.
Alpaca fiber is long, fine, and without grease. Alpaca fiber is shinier, smoother, stronger and several times warmer than wool. It is also heavier and less elastic than wool. It comes in 22 distinct colors. It is easily dyed while still retaining its natural luster. Weaver Creek Fibers is pleased to supply both Baby Suri Alpaca Top and Baby Huacaya Alpaca Top. Suri alpaca fiber is silky with a wonderful luster. It flows straight down the animal in shiny locks with very little crimp. Huacaya alpaca fiber grows out of the animal in a puffier look and has more crimp. Baby Alpaca in the past has been very difficult for hand spinners to find at a reasonable price and in the form of combed top. Baby Alpaca has an approximate micron of 22.5, which is approximately 4 microns softer than Superfine Alpaca, which leads to a much softer yarn.
Wholesale samples packages are $25. If you want a sample package or information about our fibers, email us at [email protected]. In your email, please include your company name, contact information including email address and telephone number, the nature of your business and your seller's permit number.
If you would like to place an order, just email or call us. We keep telephone business hours from 9 to 5 Pacific Time, Monday through Friday, but you can always email questions or requests and we will get back to you ASAP. If you wish to receive a price list, contact us and be sure to provide your seller's permit number.