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LLAMA FIBER: AN OVERVIEW
Llama Wool
For centuries man has looked to wool for a source of warmth in clothing and blankets. As trade routes opened from Asia, exotic fibers found their way to Europe.  International Llama Association
Fiber Management
For many thousands of years alpaca fiber has been highly prized by the South American Indians for good reason. The properties of the fiber make it both unusually luxurious to the touch and durable as well. Because it is a hollow shaft fiber, its warmth factor is at least four times greater than wool.  New Hamphire Lama Association
FLEECE EVALUATION
Surface Scanning Electron Microscopy of Llama Fiber
The Washington State Disease Diagnostic Lab (WADDL) in Pullman, Washington analyzed 19 llama fiber samples with surface scanning electron microscopy in February through November, 2005. The WADDL normally uses scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to identify virus and bacteria species for the State of Washington. Samples were prepared by SEM instructor Dr. Chris Davitt, PhD, who took two micrographs of each fiber sample.  Andy Tillman
LLAMA FIBER: AN OVERVIEW
Breeding Better Suri Llama Fiber
Suri fiber is a notable exception to what is considered a truism in the textile industry. In the world of fiber producing livestock, suri is an anomaly.  Linda Berry Walker
PROCESSING FIBER
Felting Suri Fiber Stirs Creative Juices
When a suri llama breeder asked Jan McArdle and me to conduct a felting workshop at her studio using suri llama fiber, my first thought was that I didn’t think suri fiber would felt. Because my mantra is “there are no failures in felting,” I wanted to make sure this wouldn’t be my first! Jan, too, was skeptical about suri fiber’s felting properties, so we had the breeder send us samples from two suri fleeces to see how it would work with various felting techniques.  Sheila Fugina

 

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