I often see the terms Royal Baby Alpaca, Baby Alpaca and Super Fine Alpaca Fiber on Alpaca clothes labels. What is the difference between Royal Baby Alpaca, Baby Alpaca and Super Fine Alpaca fiber? Does Royal Baby Alpaca and Baby Alpaca fiber come from baby alpacas?
Royal Baby Alpaca, Baby Alpaca and Super Fine Alpaca are industry standard classes of fiber and refer the Average Fiber Diameter (AFD) that is used in alpaca products. Royal Baby Alpaca fiber is the finest fiber with an AFD of less than 20 microns (1 micron is equal to 1/25,000th inch). Baby Alpaca fiber is the next finest with an AFD of 20.1-22.5 microns and Super Fine alpaca fiber is slightly coarser with an AFD of 22.6-26.9 microns.
Neither Royal Baby Alpaca nor Baby Alpaca necessarily comes from baby alpacas – though it may. For example, we here at Blue Mesa Ranch have numerous 2-3 yr. old alpacas that have less than 20 microns AFD (Royal Baby Alpaca) fiber. We also have a number of 3-5 yr. old alpacas that produce alpaca fiber that is in the range of 20.1-22.5 microns (Baby Alpaca) fiber.
I hope that this clears up the confusion of what is Royal Baby Alpaca, Baby Alpaca, and Super Fine Alpaca fiber. If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org