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In praise of Avon Celli (and Ian)

Naturlaut II

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Dec 10, 2006
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Just purchased three Avon Celli sweaters: one cashmere, one cashmere/cotton, and one alpaca (or cria) from Ian (ShopTheFinest). They are excellent, both in terms of material, fit, and styling. These three sweaters would pretty much cover temperatures from ice-point to 60s.

Since it's my first alpaca sweater, I was quite thrilled to see it. Here's what the information leaflet that comes with the sweater says:

"Cria is an extremely rare yarn obtained from the first shearing of the young of the Suti, an animal of the camel family originating in the Andes, with a particularly soft, fine and sleek fleece. This wool possesses all the qualities that distinguish the fleece of a young animal: thin, soft and shiny, and also resistant to felting, due to the absence of lanolin, and totally antiallergic. The Cria wool used for this garment, obtained from the very small quantity produced every year in the world, has been painstakingly selected by Avon Celli using solely manual methods, to ensure you only the very best in terms of quality and comfort."

Anyone with experience with this wool? Will it peel? How much of this is truth and how much of this is just plain marketing garb?

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