There are so many tutorials on how to process raw fiber for wigs that I'm just going to do a short documentation of my adventure.
So here's the raw fiber separated into bundles for cleaning.
The fiber smells really strong, although I'm not sure what else to expect from raw alpaca straight off the farm. XD I bundled up the raw alpaca and rubberbanded the ends for washing.
Take note: wash small quantities at a time.
I used a small bucket and filled it with lukewarm water and Dawn dish detergent. I don't think I used enough detergent but the Dawn didn't do much for me for washing off the dirt or getting rid of the smell, even after a second wash.
After trying a few different soaps, I resorted to Tide laundry detergent. Finally the smell was gone and it was definitely better at washing out the dirt and gunk. I didn't bother trying to pick out the bits of grass and hay at this point, although some tutorials will suggest you get busy with those tweezers.
It took me about 5 washes, but I tried to clean a to much in one shot.
Once the fiber was cleaned, I began combing. Most of the debris came out during this process, although a few bigger pieces needed to be tweezed out.
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