This listing is for two ounces of Suri Alpaca Fiber, carefully skirted, then hand dyed, ready to be carded for spinning into a lovely, silky, lightweight yarn, blended with other fibers, or spun right from the locks for a textured art yarn. Suri spins into a good, strong, drapey yarn.
This fiber is the prime, or blanket fiber, grown by an alpaca named "Fancy". It has been hand dyed with Gaywool dyes, a custom mix I call "Grape Pie". The locks of fiber are approximately 5" in length, and are of medium fineness. It has been picked through to get out vegetable matter, though you are still apt to find tiny bits of hay and straw, which can easily be picked out as you work with it.
Suri alpaca is nice blended with silk, seacell, tencel, cormo, merino, kid mohair and rambouillet, and usually 10% is enough. Suri fiber adds interest to needle and wet felting projects, can be woven with, decorated with, even knit or crocheted. Longer length suri fiber is wonderful as doll hair, simply look for the tips of each lock and pull away from the rest of the fiber.
WHAT ARE SURI ALPACAS? Suri alpacas are distinguished in the camelid family by their unique fiber characters. The fiber grows parallel to the body while hanging in long, separate, distinctive locks. Its artistic style enhances the graceful appearance of the animal compared to the soft, wooly look of huacaya alpacas. Suri alpacas are very rare and comprise only 10% of the alpaca population in the US. Suri fiber locks, made up of high-luster fibers, drape down the sides of the body in a twisted or flat form of various size. Suri fiber has a slick hand and softness with an exquisite luster.