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Why Sort and Grade Your Fiber
The Virtual Fiber Market on YesFiber.com features fiber that has been sorted and graded. Sorting assures a more uniform raw fiber that can then be used in more specific and appropriate applications. Properly sorted fiber will result in less waste, easier processing, and better end products. All of this results in a heightened awareness and appriciation for alpaca fiber.
The Virtual Fiber Market currently recognizes both the Canadian method, as taught at Olds College; and the Certified Sorted method, as taught through Certified Sorted Systems,LLC. The fiber is graded according to length (woolen: 1.5"-3" and worsted 3"-6"), fineness and color. The Virtual Fiber market enables buyers to choose the type, grade and color they want. then see exactly what is available. Buyers save time and money by finding the fiber that is just right for their project, with less waist and processing time.
Certifed Sorted is the sorting hybrid. Sorters trained by Certified Sorted Systems, LLC are held to a standardized sorting protocol, not only in the act of sorting, but also through the information they provide their clients. The act of sorting creates a more uniform raw fiber. Certifice Sorting, not only makes a more uniform fiber, it also increases the longevity, wearability, and over-all yield of whatever the project is.
Sorting and grading is a "win-win" for both producers and buyers by efficiently getting the fiber from the animal to the end product.