Alpaca fibres are sorted and classified by their thickness and colour, by hand. This process can never be mechanised because the variable characteristics of the fibre can only be identified by experienced hands and eyes.
Alpaca fibre, often touted as the new luxury, has been on my radar a while, but as a fibre with such foreign roots, it has had to remain a distant thought. A few weeks ago however, I was fortunate enough to be invited to Arequipa, Peru to improve my knowledge of its most prominent export and meet some of the country's top spinning mills.
Even thousands of miles away in South-East Asia, Boris Johnson appears to attract the buffoonery that we have come to expect
Oh sleepy animals, how we love you. Not only are you utterly adorable, but you're also not running about, making a noise