There are only a few producers of alpaca fibre in Nova Scotia. This luxurious and long lasting fibre is fine and light. It contains fewer barbs than sheep’s wool and also contains no lanolin. The fibre is hollow so it transfers heat evenly. Although lightweight, alpaca hair is stronger and warmer than sheep’s wool.
There are two types of alpaca: suri and huacaya. Suri alpaca produce an exceptionally fine fibre similar to mohair.
Alpaca fibre is suitable for all types of fibre arts and crafts although it is usually considered too expensive to be used by rug hookers. When spun into yarn, it is generally blended with sheep’s wool. Alpaca fibre takes dye well and it is naturally available in several colours.