Llamas are related to the Alpacas, but are larger and taller. To a handspinner's delight Llama fiber, like Alpaca, comes in a variety of natural colors such as, white, fawn, cinnamon, silver gray, and black.
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Tulasi with her Llama friends
Natural, Animal Fiber
Less elasticity than wool
Hand-washable or dry-cleanable
Little static, no pilling
Blends extremely well with other fibers
Llamas have both outer guard hairs and an undercoat of fiber. The guard hairs are longer, thicker, straight, and wiry. They should be pulled out or combed out of a shorn fleece because it resists spinning, dyeing, and felting.
Good for: pillows, rugs, ropes, and wall hangings.
The down fibers of the Llama are shorter, softer, and wavy with some crimp, and will produce a soft yarn.
Good for: hats, scarves, shawls, sweater, socks, etc.