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apdavidson

Nice to see an article featuring natural fibres.....there are also alpaca duvets to keep you cosy!

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Karen Powell

I made a cotton quilt with alpaca batting. Light weight, just the right warmth and not bulky. Alpaca fiber is wonderful!

   
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Elizabeth Minish Design

Good article, but it is important to keep in mind that just because a fibre is natural doesn't mean it is environmentally friendly. For example, the cultivation of non-organic cotton requires seriously high levels of pesticide use and some of the common dyes-stuffs that work on cotton, like indigo, are extremely toxic to the dyers who work with them.

Also, many people are allergic or extremely sensitive to wool. I still have childhood memories of the extreme discomfort of sitting on my grandparents mohair-upholstered sofa with bare legs. Of course, now days, my grandparents wouldn't be able to afford a mohair-covered sofa. As was pointed out, many of the most beautiful natural fibres are totally out of reach to the average consumer because of price.

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