Test for alpaca?

Do you know if there is a test for alpaca? I have bought knitting yarn that says “100% alpaca” but it needs to be cut with scissors. Usually, natural fibers can be broken off by hand. I tried burning a piece, as this is a test used for wool and it didn’t smolder like wool. It burned quickly, with a high flame. Does alpaca react the same way as wool? I know that it contains no lanolin. Thanks.

3 Responses to “Test for alpaca?”

  1. Judith says:

    Although alpaca is an animal fiber like wool the fibers are much longer so the yarn may not break as easily as wool.  Try soaking a small piece of the yarn in chlorine bleach for 24 hours to see if the bleach damages the yarn.  Wool will be damaged and will dissolve in chlorine bleach.

  2. Kim says:

    Hi, Alpaca is 7 times stronger than wool. I doubt you can break it by hand, just pulling it. Alpaca can be extremely soft like cashmere if its a younger alpaca or a baby. As the animal ages, the fiber gets a little corser and feels a little more like wool, but is NIEVER itchy like wool. Its just wonderful stuff….