This fiber is Suri Alpaca Fiber, carefully skirted, then prewashed, 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 a very sweet alpaca named "Alvira" just three years old at time of shearing. Age, genetics, nutrition, and environment all play a part in the fineness of alpaca fiber. Her fiber is fine which equates with very soft. It is white, a natural color, and approximately 5" in length. It dyes like mohair into brilliant colors.
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.
Fiber has been pre-washed meaning it has been soaked in soapy water and rinsed multiple times, getting the majority of the dust out. It has been picked through to get out vegetable matter, though you are still apt to find some, which can be picked out easily as you work with it.
This fiber is sold in two ounce quantities.
PROCESSING SURI FIBER FOR DOLL HAIR See Doll Hair on our Farm Blog for more information on processing suri fiber for doll hair.