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Suri Alpaca Locks, 8 Inches, Light Fawn, Goldilocks

SKU 18915
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These Suri Alpaca Locks are the prime fiber grown by a suri alpaca named "Goldilocks". They average 8" in length, some longer, some shorter. This fiber is considered light fawn according to the National Alpaca Registry color chart, and is a natural color. Suri Locks make gorgeous doll hair. They can also be used in tail or core spinning, carded and spun into beautiful silky yarn, or used in a variety of different felting and craft projects. They also are sometimes used in knitting, crochet, and weaving projects.

The locks have been separated from the fleece so are very easy to work with. They have been rinsed multiple times, though you may want to do a final washing when your project is completed. The nature of the twist in suri locks makes it difficult to get them completely clean, but the more they are worked with, or combed, the cleaner they become.

Locks are the natural divisions in an animal’s fiber. Fiber in lock form has had the locks separated from the rest of the alpaca fleece. A single lock of suri is made up of multiple individual fibers. Separating the locks is not hard to do, but it does take time, and so is priced accordingly.

Suris have a fine fiber, with different degrees of fineness based on the age of the alpaca, nutrition, and environment where the alpaca lives. Fiber can be hand graded by certified sorters. It can also be scientifically measured in microns and graded according to this chart:

Grade 1 Ultra Fine (less than 20 microns)
Grade 2 Superfine (20-22.99 microns)
Grade 3 Fine (23-25.99 microns)
Grade 4 Medium (26-28.99 microns)
Grade 5 Intermediate (29-31.99 microns)
Grade 6 Robust (32 microns and above)

This fiber is considered Superfine. This fiber is sold in two ounce quantities, and banded together in 1/2 ounce bundles.

Doll makers love using suri locks for doll hair. Be aware that there is some waste when combing out locks for a reroot. A typical Blythe reroot takes about two ounces.

Locks can also be left as is and sewn into a weft to attach directly onto a doll cap.

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