Australian Alpaca Fleece Ltd. (AAFL)

AAFL is the first and largest Australian Alpaca fibre trader and Alpaca clothing wholesaler in Australia. In the 23 years since its origin as the Australian Alpaca Cooperative in 1995, and then re-born in 2004 supported by funding from the Australian Alpaca Association, AAFL has evolved from trading only raw alpaca fibre to a fully integrated solution for the Australian alpaca industry, from fibre trading to retailing the finest alpaca garments and homewares.

From the early days of the Alpaca Cooperative, we understood that selling raw alpaca fibre domestically and overseas was not enough to sustainably grow and promote an Australian alpaca industry; it was essential to add value to our fleece; hence the Australian Alpaca Connection brand was born. Australian Alpaca Connection is an innovative brand that supports and promotes the Australian Alpaca Industry by manufacturing premium quality garments using Australian Alpaca fibre where it is available.

AAFL has always purchased ALL alpaca fleece, necks and clean pieces, classed or unclassed, in small or large quantities. This includes suri and huacaya, in ALL grades from the finest to the broadest, and ALL colours including mixed colours.

Selling Fleece to AAFL

Unclassed Fibre (See www.aafl.com.au/fleece/ for more information.)

  • AAFL BUYS WHOLE FLEECE INCLUDING THE NECK AND CLEAN PIECES - place these in separate bags with the main saddle fleece to maximise the value of your fleece – because the offered price is based on valuation of the presented saddle, it includes the weight of the whole fleece.
  • All delivered fleece must be dry and clean with minimal vegetable matter and no other contaminants.
  • Where fleece is dispatched in pressed bales, each individual grower consignment must be clearly separated by newspaper marked with “(grower no. & name)”, and each bale must be marked on top with all respective grower numbers and names.
  • Contaminated fleece will be downgraded or disposed of without value, if necessary. For example, if you see that some of your fleece is contaminated with excessive vegetable matter, or is obviously damp, or if any plastic bags have disintegrated into pieces, please do not ship to AAF to avoid other fleece in the shipment being badly affected.

Classed Fibre

  • Classed fibre must be press-baled.
  • Each bale must be marked with grower name/AAFL number and bale number.
  • Bales must be clean woolpack(s) between 100-170kg, with the bale weight marked.
  • Each bale must have a bale sampled test from AWTA. The AWTA certificate must include at least:
    • Mean micron (MFD)
    • Micron Standard Deviation (SD)
    • Micron Coefficient of Variation (CV)
    • Comfort Factor (CF)
    • Fibre Length

AAFL Free Freight Program

  • AAFL will pay the freight to AAFL’s Sunshine West VIC warehouse from the closest freight depot to the point of collection.
  • Contact AAFL for advice before making new freight arrangements.
  • To access the free freight program, fleece (classed or unclassed) must be pressed and baled in wool packs of between 100-170kg.
  • Each bale must be clearly identified to show the source and AAFL grower numbers and name(s). Grower numbers are issued on emailed request with contact details,

Payment

  • AAFL makes fleece payments in the first fortnight of each month.
  • Fleece Suppliers will be paid in the following month after valuation at Sunshine, Vic. For example, if your clip is valued in January 2019 you would be paid in February 2019.
  • All Clips are valued on a first in – first out basis.
  • Payments are normally made via EFT to a nominated bank account.

Delivering your Fleece

AAFL receives alpaca fleece at the warehouse in Sunshine West Vic all year-round during business hours.

What does AAFL do with your Fleece?

Selected fleece lots are sold to processors in New Zealand, and especially to Incalpaca Peru. Other fleece lots are sold to customers in Australia and overseas. AAFL commissions throw rugs to be made in New Zealand for sale in Australia, and a wide range of scarves and shawls to be made from Australian fleece held specifically for this purpose in Arequipa. 

From raw fibre to premium clothing: the journey of Australian alpaca fibre at AAFL

Each Spring and early Summer alpacas are shorn, and this noble fibre begins its 12 to 18-month journey to become a garment or homeware product, traveling thousands of kilometres to find specialized hands to become a textile wonder. Alpaca fleeces are collected and sent to AAFL, where the fibre is valued for payment to growers. It is then normally pressed into bales to be sent to manufacturers.

At the new showpiece environmental Incalpaca mill at Arequipa, alpaca fibre goes through a classing process where expert hands separate the raw fibre into several different categories according to micron ranges, colour variation, handle and softness, etc. After classing, the transformation process starts: alpaca fibre will be washed and later carded and spun into yarn to be either woven or knitted to become a garment or homeware product – and then returned to AAFL with an Australian Alpaca Connection label.

Contact:

E: fleece@aafl.com.au                     

Ph: 03 9311 0933

W: https://aafl.com.au/fleece/