Better than cashmere: Silky alpaca fiber


RIDE WILL BE STARTING. THAT RIDE IS SET TO START AT LAURELHURST PARK IN SOUTHEAST PORTLAND ON JUNE 29. NAKED RIDERS WILL GATHER IN THE PARK AROUND 9:00 AND THEN RIDE THROUGH THE STREETS. THE ANNUAL NAKED BIKE RIDE IS MEANT TO BE A PROTEST AGAINST FOSSIL FUELS AND A DEMONSTRATION OF THE VULNERABILITY CYCLISTS FACE. YOU HAVE YOUR CHANCE TO GET YOUR HANDS ON SOME SILKY AND LUXURY IS FIBER FROM A LPACAS. THIS WEEKEND. KEN: THE LARGEST ALPAC A SHOW WILL BE AT THIS CONVENTION CENTER. JUST RUNNING — JUST STUDY. KOHR: GREGARIOUS OF HALO IS ONE OF THE ALPACAS IN THE CARE OF JESSICA AND ZACK HACKETT. THEY CALL HIM GREG TO KEEP IT SIMPLE, BUT HE IS SOMETHING SPECIAL IN THE WORLD OF ALPACA FIBER — GOOD GENETICS, WITH A DISPLAY OF DENSE SILKY FIBER WITH A NATURAL SHINE AND LUSTER. MS: HACKETT: SO LUSTER IS YOUR NATURAL SHINE THAT YOU HAVE GOING HERE IN HIS FIBER, AND FOR A GREY, HE’S ONE OF THE TOP GREY MALES WE’VE EVER HAD ON OUR PROPERTY. KOHR: FIBER IS THE PRIMARY COMMERCIAL PURPOSE OF ALPACAS. BIG DESIGNERS ARE STARTING TO INCORPORATE MORE ALPACA FIBER IN PRODUCTS RANGING FROM YARNS TO SCARVES TO SWEATERS, EVEN SOCKS. ALPACA FIBER IS WATER RESISTANT. GREG THE ALPACA WILL CARRY $200 TO $300 DOLLARS WORTH OF YARN, AND AT 9 MONTHS OLD, HE’S ALREADY TAKEN TWO COLOR CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR HIS COLOR CLASS, ALL BECAUSE OF THAT SILKY, SOME WOULD SAY BETTER THAN CASHMIRE, FEEL OF HIS FIBER. MS. HACKETT: IT WEARS BETTER THAN WOOL OR COTTON, AND WITH THESE GUYS, THEY DON’T HAVE A BUNCH OF BARBS ON EACH INDIVIDUAL FIBER, SO IT’S ACTUALLY A NICER, MORE LIKE A SILK QUALITY PRODUCT IN THE ENDGAME. KOHR: THE ALPACAS, THEIR FIBER, AND THE PRODUCTS THAT ARE MADE FROM THEIR FIBER ARE ALL ON DISPLAY AT THE COLUMBIA ALPACA BREEDERS ASSOCIATION CLASSIC ALPACA SHOW STARTING FRIDAY THROUGH THE WEEKEND AT PORTLAND EXPO CENTER. KOHR HARLAN, KOIN 6 NEWS.

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