Technically speaking, llama wool is not wool. But many people refer to it as such. A whole fleece consists of two coats: guard hair and down.  Guard hair is thick and without crimp, making it excellent for use in rope. Down is soft and luxurious, suitable for finer garments. Using llama wool for knitting requires the selection of the proper type of wool. Because of the broad range of wool types present in the llama population, people are able to make a variety of things from llama wool.  

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llama wool history 

The llama is also a native of the Andes Mountains and has been domesticated for as long as the Alpaca. It too provided native Incas with fine, gorgeous fleece. It’s descendent, however, is the wild guanaco not the vicuna. Llamas did not fare well with the Spanish colonists either, but their decline came a bit later in the 11th to the 13th centuries. They were selectively bred to produce strong, large animals for packing (carrying load during travel), hence the notable size difference between them and the alpacas. Llamas were given the nickname “beasts of burden.”

The llama rediscovery occurred in the 20th century, which was way behind its alpaca cousin. But breeders were no longer interested in the species as a load-carrying vehicle. They now saw the value in its fiber.

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llama wool Products

  • Cable Knit Blankets.
  • Llama Fiber Socks.
  • Felted Insoles.
  • Handwoven Rugs.
  • Sets of Placemats.
  • Knitted Hats.
  • Yarn mix. Llama Fiber Yarn.

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llama wool Price

Market Value of Alpaca, Llama, and Sheep Fiber/ Fleece

The highest quality and cleanest alpaca fleece sells for about $3 to $5.00 per ounce (oz.). Llama fleece sells for $3 to $4.00 per oz


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