Aaahhh, the incredible softness of alpaca fiber! Some is softer than others, but it's the baby alpaca that is so, so appealing to the senses. Touching, smelling and wearing the little black fiber fluffs attached to your clothing for days.
I made a great discovery after several attempts to wash fiber in the front loader. It works best (no twisted matted unusable fiber) on the hand wash setting! Warm water and the rinse and spin cycle! Wella! Simply place an armful of skirted, picked fiber into mesh laundry bags, throw them in and after 18 minutes, clean fresh smelling non-matted fiber! It was definitely an improvement over my early attempts to throw the whole blanket in the bathtub. I won't ever go there again!