The quality and processing performance of alpaca fibres

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The alpaca fibre industry in Australia is still very young and relatively small compared to the wool industry, and there has been strong desire to process alpaca fibres in Australia on the established wool processing systems. Knowledge on luxury fibre processing is often kept secret by international processors who have the know-how. Local industry needs to understand the properties of Australian grown alpaca fibres and their processing performance, so that the industry can market the fibre effectively and export high quality alpaca fibre products.

The overall objective of this research project is to evaluate the properties of Australian alpaca fibres, examine their processing performance, and improve the quality of alpaca products.

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