In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Pasadena Public Library is hosting an alpaca fleece weaving activity for kids 5 to 12 years old and the whole family starting on Wednesday.
A Take and Make activity of the library, the event intends to educate kids and families about the alpaca, a cousin of the llama that’s also common in the Peruvian Andes, and from which wool-like fiber is extracted. In fact, it is said more fleece is extracted from the alpaca than the llama, and alpaca fiber is generally more preferred because it is soft but very strong yet lightweight. It’s also long-lasting and often warmer than sheep’s wool.
Alpaca fiber is also hypoallergenic because it contains no lanolin. From clothing the royalty of pre-Columbian societies, alpaca fiber is still valued today and is found in an amazing selection of natural colors.
Take and Make: Alpaca Activity is an all-day event that you can do at home after picking up a kit at the Santa Catalina Branch Library, located at 999 E. Washington Blvd.
Signups begin on Wednesday through www.cityofpasadena.libwizard.
For more information, call (626) 744-7272 or visit www.cityofpasadena.net/library