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Alpaca Term (W)

2018-12-11

Weanling: A weaned alpaca less than one year old that is no longer nursing.

Weaving: Making cloth by interlacing yarns at right angles according to a pattern.

Wool cap: Wool on the alpaca's head and between its ears. Considered a desirable aesthetic quality; also known as the topknot and sometimes the bonnet.

Woolen: Yarn made from fibers that are one to three inches long that have been carded but not further processed. Woolen fabric is characterized as being bulky, fuzzy and thick.

Worsted: Yam spun from alpaca fiber three inches long or longer that has been carded, combed, and drawn. Combing is done by machines that straighten alpaca slivers, making each fiber lie parallel.

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