NEWS AND INFORMATION
International Year of Natural Fibres
Every year there is an International Year of Something. This year it is for the Natural Fibres because they are renewable and eco-friendly. Alpaca fiber and products are included in the Natural fibers that qualify.
Alpaca fiber and products are good for the environment and have many uses. The alpaca yarns are great for all of your craft projects. You can knit, crotchet, felt, or weave alpaca and it is one of the most luxurious, warm, light weight, and breathable natural materials. The United States is advancing our uses of this commodity from cottage industry to the commercial textile mills. We are increasing our numbers of alpacas and farms raising them. This is a direction we need to continue expanding so we can make a substantial impact on the world use of Alpaca. There is a lot of room for new owners, existing owners, and fiber enthusiasts.
Our Universities are also helping in educating the future generations about the use of this fiber in different applications. We have research being conducted by textile students, designer engineering students, and our main Alpaca Association thru Students designing clothing for a fashion show. There is a contest through AOBA for the best student design.
You can check out some of the fantastic alpaca items on other pages of my website. For that special occasion coming up this year consider giving a gift made from Alpaca. The gift will be an heirloom and passed to future generations.
For further information about the International Year of Natural Fibers visit:www.naturalfibres.org
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Below is a video produced with assistance from the Common Fund for Commodities and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise about the Natural Fibers.