Basic Fibre Guide

A basic introduction to alpaca fibre, terminology, and common tools used by breeders.

Common Terminology

Amplitude

Apron

Blanket

Blend

Blowout

Britch

Brightness

Bundling

Carding

Character

Coverage

Crimp

Crinkle

Curl

Cuticle

Density

Felt

Fibre

Fineness

Fleece

Fleece Weight

Follicle

Frequency

Grading

Guard Hair

Handle

Histogram

Lustre

Mean Fibre Diameter

Medullation

Micron

Multi

Prime Fleece

Seconds/Second Cut

Shear/Shearing

Shorts

Shoulder

Skirt

Standard Deviation

Staple

Staple Length

Tender Fleece

Vegetable Matter (VM)

Yield

Histograms 
Estimated Progeny Differences (EPD)
Common Terminology