When discussing the thickness of alpaca fibre,
there are five different micron groups, but after thorough analysis Aumore believes the 22 to 24-micron thickness is the perfect fibre for its alpaca products. There are also 22 different colours of alpaca fleece, but as coloured fibres are not of as high quality as white fibres, Aumore only uses the latter. Other colours include black, light, medium, and dark fawn (amber), light, medium, and dark brown, as well as grey and rose grey.
Of the 1,200 alpacas on our associated property, the majority are females. They can be shorn once a year, and on average live to be around twenty years of age. When you shear an alpaca, you get 2kg of main fleece, 1 kg of fleece from the legs and belly, and 1 kg from their incredibly long neck. This fleece is then simply placed upon a skirting table to remove large pieces of dirt and vegetative matter. It is then scoured and washed before being put into wadding via a carding machine.