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So How Does the Hair off a Llama's Back Turn into a Beautiful Handmade Scarf Like This One?

Alpaca fibers into yarn. Alpaca yarn into scarves.


How to clean alpaca fibers/fleece.

Once the Alpaca fibers/fleece is off the llama's back it is cleaned using a tool called a teasing tool. It is much like a brush but with very sharp pointy ends. First shake out any dirt. Then pick out any thing else that doesn't belong in the fiber like hay, or coarse hairs.


To use the teasing tool, which is shown attached to the side of this drum carder, pull out about a four inch section of alpaca fleece. One the fleece on one end and run it to the other end of the brush. This removes dirt and debris. Continue this several times.


Here is a close up of the drum carder. (See the brush there too.) Take the section of the fleece that you just brushed and feed it into the drum carder. The fleece will be pulled onto the big wheel when you turn the handle. Continue this until you have a nice section of fleece called a bat. Pull the fleece apart from the wheel.


Once it is cleaned there are several things that can be done with it. Just left alone like this as in the photo it can be used for both





Once it is clean the fibers can also be spun into thread or yarn. This is a spinning wheel where you use your foot to turn it and your hands to guide it onto the wheel.


Here's a close up of the spinning wheel in action.


Once the thread or yarn is made it can be sold like that in what we called skeins, or...


the yarn can be used for knitting to make things like these beautiful alpaca scarves, or...


it can be woven into fabric. From the fabric you can make things like clothing, rugs, towels, or just about anything.






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