Softer than cashmere
07/07/12 – Measurably Very Soft -
Excellent test results for softness have been received for each of the five bales of Huacaya alpaca wool put together by the SRS Group. The wool is being offered for sale by Perth wool brokers, Primaries.
Resistance to compression tests are used to measure softness. The lower the measurement, the softer the wool is. The softness measurements ranged fron 4.2 to 4.6 kilopascals for the five bales of alpaca wool. Cashmere measures at about 5.8 kilopascals and Merino wool from 8 to 12 kilopascals.
Fibre diameter measurements of the alpaca wool bales ranged from 20.8 microns to 24.8 microns. The vegetable matter content was low (0.3 to 0.8%) and yields high (86.2 to 89.0 %).