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Llama Fibre

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"Nature has given the llama
the world's most remarkable fleece." 

Hickey Freeman & Co describing topcoats made from llama fabric in the 1930's ...

And in more recent times...

A Gucci coat retailing at circa 2000,
made with 88% Llama fibre and 12% wool.



(shearing time!)

In South America, llama fibre that measures under 28 microns, is classified as "alpaca" fibre. All Roseland Llama stud males have an undercoat of less than 28 microns, most being under 21 microns.
(One micron equals 1/25,000 of an inch or 1/1000 of a millimetre).

Llama fibre receives the International Alpaca Association "Alpaca Mark" as follows:

100% alpaca or llama fibre (guard hair removed) under 28 microns - Gold symbol

50% alpaca or llama fibre (guard hair removed) under 28 microns- Silver symbol

Under 50% (minimum 10%) alpaca or llama fibre, (guard hair removed)- White symbol.

If the fibre is over 28 microns the IAA will not grant the Alpaca Mark, even if the fibre has come from the Alpaca!

The coat of the llama protects it not just from the cold but also from heat. Although it does not contain lanolin as in sheep's wool, the density of the coat protects it from the rain too.

Llama fibre is hollow (technically, therefore, not 'wool'), with a series of diagonal walls through its structure which makes it very light, strong and insulating, as well as is superbly soft.

Llama fibre makes wonderful knitwear, textile fabrics and suiting cloth. Additionally, the llama coat contains an extra strong, protective guard hair which can be used for making blankets, rugs, wall-hangings, rope etc. Nothing need be wasted.

"Through their own inherent qualities of beauty and appearance, llama fabrics have won a permanent and distinctive place in the world of fashion; and the stylist is now specifying their use wherever a material with characteristics of beauty of drape, natural lustre, and fineness of texture is required." 
Sylvan Stroock, Chairman of 5th Avenue luxury fabric manufacturers S.Stroock & Co,  writing in 'Llamas and Llamaland', 1937.

It is worth noting for those interested in the many other uses of llamas other than fibre production, that llamas do not have to be sheared. 
Unlike that of sheep and alpacas, the coat of the llama stops growing at a certain point if not shorn (usually after two to three years growth. If, however, it is shorn then it will grow back and in this way offers the opportunity of a yearly or - more likely - two yearly harvest.


Free Fibre Sample*

If you would like a free sample of 
Roseland Llama Fibre
please send a sturdy SAE (Stamped and Addressed envelope) to us at the address shown below

*We regret this offer is available in the U.K only.
Subject to availability . Unwashed, unsorted.

Stockleigh Pomeroy, Devonshire EX17 4AY