Offering the wonderful natural fiber from our alpacas - sustainably produced on our small New England family farm!
The best grades of alpaca are stronger and lighter than wool - and soft as cashmere. Available either skirted or 'raw' - as it comes off of the alpaca - by the ounce or by the fleece. We'll be happy to send you a sample!
Please tell them that Linda Marie from Inti Alpacas sent you!
AWARD WINNING FLEECE pictured at left is FOR SALE: approx 4.2lbs, 'Royal' grade fineness Truly softer and silkier than cashmere! NO guard hair. This is the softest grade of alpaca, and is very RARE.
$200. for entire fleece, skirted.
Cleaning Alpaca Garments
"Some people struggle with the impression that wool sweaters are difficult to care for and must be professionally cleaned but this is not necessarily true. Simple care for many fine sweaters in a variety of fabrics such as wool, cotton, alpaca, angora and blends will keep them looking gorgeous for years." Michael Lackman
We use and recommend Unicorn Fibre Wash: http://www.unicornfibre.com/
Looking for a special high-quality fleece? Call today for the best selection. Discounts for entire fleeces.
GENEROUS discounts for volume buyers!
Offering 'Royal' and 'Baby' - grade 1 and Grade 2 - fleeces. When you see and feel these fleeces, you will understand why the people of the Andes call alpaca fiber 'Hair of the Angels'.
Also some 'Fine' and 'Adult', Grade 3 and Grade 4, fleeces - still soft and wonderful to work with, but best for projects that will not be worn against the skin.
Tell us about your project and we will help you select the ideal alpaca fleece for your next project.
Currently offering: Huacaya (crimpy) alpaca - 'raw': unskirted, unwashed, as it comes from the alpaca Pricing is based on the fineness, 'handle' or feel of the fiber, and consistency; all colors are priced the same, but availability varies. Many of these fleeces can be spun 'from the fold' right out of the bag.
Available colors: - bright pearly white, - warm, off white - light fawn - brown ('Baby' grade!) - light silver grey (limited) - black (limited)
Skirted fiber and whole skirted fleeces also available. Contact us for details.
Coarser fiber (from legs, belly, or older alpacas) for felting, rugs, and craft projects is also available - very inexpensive!
• is strong and long wearing.
• takes dyes beautifully - either chemical or natural!
• With reasonable care, articles made of alpaca will become family heirlooms.
For more information on working with alpaca fiber and caring for it, please give us a call. We're always happy to talk to you.
This fleece for sale: SOLD
Fawn, Grade 3 (Fine), 31/2" staple. BondGirl
Grey fleece - 4" staple length Grade 2 MachuPichu
NOTE: Alpaca fiber costs more per pound than sheeps' wool - but compared to fine wool, it is still a good buy. Unlike wool, alpaca fiber contains very little 'grease' and no lanolin. Typical yeilds from raw wool after scouring are 50%. Some weight loss also occures when alpaca fiber is processed, but on a clean, well-skirted fleece of top quality, the loss will usually be less than 10%.
Unskirted raw fleeces will contain some vegetation, dirt, and coarser fiber around the edges of the prime blanket. Skirted fleeces will contain very little guard hair, vegetation, or other matter and will be nearly all useable fiber.
The price depends on:
- how much fiber you want - an ounce? a pound? a whole fleece?
- the grade - 'Royal' or 'Baby' lr 'Fine', or a less soft grade for hard wearing items like rugs, or maybe needle felting?
- the color
- Rarity! 'Royal' and 'Baby' grade alpaca fiber is rare - and fabulous! Raw fleeces - by the ounce: Royal $5./oz, Baby $3.50 to $4/oz, Grade 3 $2./oz, Grade 4 $1/oz. - by the pound: Grade 1 $45-$50./lb, Grade 2 $36./lb, Grade 3 $24./lb, Grade 4 $16./lb - by the fleece: will average 3.5lbs when skirted Royal $150. - $200.+, Baby $100.+, Grade 3 $50.+, Grade 4 $35.+.
Some rug wool also available, contact for info.
Special Note to Spinners:
If you tried alpaca and were disappointed, please call us today for a free sample.* Like all natural products, there are huge differences between the different grades. You will understand what all the 'fuss' is about once you have tried one of the top grades of alpaca.
As you know, every type of fiber has a unique set of properties. Alpaca has more natural variation than you will see within one breed of sheep. Some huacaya alpaca fleece is like Corridale, but with a lower scale and silkier handle. The fleece from other alpacas has more of a 'cottony' handle. A few alpacas have fleeces that are Merino-like in handle, with well defined crimp.
Suri alpaca fiber is very similar to mohair from Angora goats - smooth, with a silky feel and high luster, but no crimp. Unless blended with wool, garments knit from suri fiber will not hold their shape. Suri is best used as a blend, or alone for crocheting or weaving. Note: at this time we only carry huacaya alpaca fiber, but we can get quality suri for you!
Let us know what you like and we will help you find it.