Baby alpaca throws are highly appreciated and widely used as a luxurious addition to one’s home. Does “baby alpaca wool” mean the fiber was taken form a baby alpaca? How this fiber is different from regular alpaca wool and other types of wool? Let’s find out.
Baby alpaca fiber of which baby alpaca throws are made of is not taken from a young animal – “baby” stands for the finesse of the fiber. Baby alpaca is the finest, softest yarn, and it is highly appreciated in the industry. It is the wool obtained from the first shearing – just as virgin olive oil from the very first pressing – the best and the most expensive!
Baby alpaca hair is 21-23 microns wide – it is even finer than superfine alpaca (with suri being the coarsest alpaca fiber). The fibers of baby alpaca fleece are hollow and provide excellent insulating characteristics. It is lightweight and strong. This is why baby alpaca wool throws are valued so much.
People who are experts of alpaca hair can grade the raw fiber by weight, feel, and heft. This takes place soon after shearing in order to determine the value of a given fleece.
Baby alpaca fiber comes in a variety of colors – grey, cream, brown, and most baby alpaca throws are made of the natural color fibers.
Producing baby alpaca throws – i.e. working with baby alpaca yarn is usually very easy. The yarn is soft and flexible without being excessively stretchy and it can be worked in a variety of gauges.
Washing baby alpaca throws is also possible: using cool to warm water with mild soap or detergent and hanging dry or drying on a low heat cycle is recommended.