Dehairing Australian alpaca fibres with a cashmere dehairing machine.

Wang, L, Singh, A and Wang, X 2008, 'Dehairing Australian alpaca fibres with a cashmere dehairing machine.', Journal Text Institute, vol. 99, no. 6, pp. 539-544.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Dehairing Australian alpaca fibres with a cashmere dehairing machine.
Author(s) Wang, L
Singh, A
Wang, X
Year 2008
Journal name Journal Text Institute
Volume number 99
Issue number 6
Start page 539
End page 544
Total pages 6
Publisher Textile Institute
Abstract Many classes of alpaca fibres contain a certain amount of coarse fibres, which are strong and stiff, and cause discomfort to the end users of the alpaca fibre products. It is therefore desirable to separate the coarse fibres from the fine alpaca fibres. This paper reports trial results on alpaca dehairing using a cashmere dehairing machine. The diameters of alpaca fleece, dehaired alpaca fibres and removed alpaca fibres were analysed, and the fibre lengths before and after dehairing have been compared. The results indicate that it is feasible to dehair alpaca fibres using a cashmere dehairing facility. The dehaired alpaca fibres are cleaner, bulkier and softer, with around 1.5 ?m reduction in average fibre diameter, but the dehairing process shortens the dehaired fibre length considerably. The dehairing effectiveness of coarse fibre removal using the cashmere dehairing technology has also been discussed in this paper.
Subject Textile and Fashion Design
Keyword(s) Alpaca
Dehairing
Dehairing effectiveness
Fibre damage
Fibre diameter
DOI - identifier 10.1080/00405000701609308
Copyright notice Copyright © 2008 The Textile Institute
ISSN 0040-5000
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