Like Cashmere, Alpaca fiber comes in many grades. The yarn in this scarf is the best alpaca available - grade 1 from Phi Beta Pacas in Taos, New Mexico. The yarn, from their animals Raquel and Angel Eyes, is rough spun and the colors completely natural - the resulting scarf is so close to the original alpaca that I believe the alpacas themselves would be proud.The scarf is knit in the Rocky Mountain inspired Wind River Rib - valleys and peaks making up a deep and interesting rib providing strength and suppleness and showing off the natural alpaca fiber. It is completely reversible and hand washable. At repose, the scarf is 9 inches wide, the rib allows it to stretch to 14" wide. The end result is a snuggly, western, wonderful scarf, super soft and comfortable against the skin - one of my all-time favorites. The Feather and Fan pattern is different on the front and back, both are attractive but the scarf is not completely reversible. Both sides can be seen in the third photo. The back side is on the right.READY TO SHIP: the scarf in the photograph is the actual scarf you receive when purchased.Merchant SKU: SC-HK-010416Dimensions: 9" X 60" Care: hand wash in cool water, squeeze gently and wrap in towel to remove excess water, lay flat to dry.Fiber contents: 100% Grade 1 Alpaca from Phi Beta PacasOther scarves made from yarn sourced from small alpaca and wool farms:- Baby Blue Luscious Alpaca Lace: http://etsy.me/1FZmqtJ- Black Deer Valley Alpaca: http://etsy.me/1UvqDM2- Black Grey Rough-Spun Alpacas of the Ark: http://etsy.me/1i64TFs- Black Serafina Dry Creek Alpaca: http://etsy.me/1M3Y8As- Blue Lonesome Stone La Vida Loca: http://etsy.me/1NWlMiL- Blue Snow Luscious Lonesome Stone Alpaca: http://etsy.me/1K2pIak- Brown and White Wynham Farms Yak: http://etsy.me/1EJ73VJ- Brown and White Dry Creek Alpaca: http://etsy.me/1JZG6Nn- Brown Rough-Spun Alpacas of the Ark: http://etsy.me/1JKfTio- Brown and White Deer Valley Alpaca: http://etsy.me/1FruDB4- Brown Hand-Spun Carrot Cake Wool: http://etsy.me/1JZ9ijr- Brown Sparkly Caramel from Dry Creek Alpacas: http://etsy.me/1LdwM59- Charcoal Grey Cody Wool: http://etsy.me/1MO5tQm- Cherry Chocolate Cable Rib Wool: http://etsy.me/1QxpIb2- Christmas Red & Green Lonesome Stone Wool: http://etsy.me/1OspfWI- Denim Cody Wool: http://etsy.me/1lnmFVQ- Green Gentle Spirit Alpaca Farms: http://etsy.me/1NbZ9VO- Light Grey Cody Mountain Meadow Wool: http://etsy.me/1OxljSf- Mint Green Wool Feather & Fan: http://etsy.me/1Mq8MAJ- Orange Deer Valley Alpaca: http://etsy.me/1NjPCxJ- Pastel Morning Wool Silk: http://etsy.me/1OuYteI- Pink Sugar Coated Cable Rib: http://etsy.me/1N7qkQL- Red Denim Stripe Wool: http://etsy.me/1NzS43q- Red Pagewood Farms Feather & Fan: http://etsy.me/1R5ZXew- Red Pagewood Farms Trail Rib: http://etsy.me/1LeHd9g- Rocky Mountain Powder Cable Rib: http://etsy.me/1RBlrky- Ruby River Feather & Fan Wool: http://etsy.me/1R64HB2- Scarlet Red Mountain Meadow Wool: http://etsy.me/1L6uUy1- Soft Grey Catskill Wool: http://etsy.me/1ReT4IH- Sorrel Cody Mountain Meadow Wool: http://etsy.me/1MgcEjX- Sugar Plum Hand Spun Feather & Fan: http://etsy.me/1jqAhy4- Teal Green Wool Feather & Fan: http://etsy.me/1VMmIuP- White River Valley Alpaca: http://etsy.me/1Kz0Ail- Winter White Cable Rib Silky Merino: http://etsy.me/1Mma1g1- White Cody Mountain Meadow: http://etsy.me/1PQnbqFHANDMADE RAG RUGS:- Hand-Braided and Twinned: http://etsy.me/1LE0WRW- Hand-Hooked: http://etsy.me/1QGazlt- Hand-Woven: http://etsy.me/2095ZifHAND KNIT SCARVES, WRAPS and SHAWLS:- SIGNATURE SCARVES: my favorites, because of the yarn, the pattern, the artistry, a combination of all elements. http://etsy.me/1UfFHNI- SHAWLS and WRAPS: http://etsy.me/1Kq0PMZIN BEAUTIFUL NATURAL FIBERS:- ALPACA - harvested from alpaca animals, light or heavy in weight, depending on how it is spun. Soft, durable, luxurious and silky. While similar to sheep’s wool, it is warmer, not prickly, and has no lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic. At home on small farms throughout the US, especially the Rocky Mountains and Foothills. http://etsy.me/20GGiYA- CASHMERE - fine in texture, strong, light and soft, providing excellent insulation, approximately three times that of sheep wool. http://etsy.me/1NQgzbk- COTTON - plant based, soft, breathable. http://etsy.me/1P6ou3H- MOHAIR - a silk-like yarn made from the hair of the Angora goat. Both durable and resilient, mohair is notable for its high luster and sheen. Frequently used to accent other fibers. http://etsy.me/1mdcQtz- SILK - a natural protein fiber, produced from the cocoons of the larvae of the mulberry silkworm. The shimmering appearance of silk is due to the triangular prism-like fibre, which allows silk refract light. Silk is strong, supple, and frequently used to balance other natural fibers. http://etsy.me/1QGc3MA- WOOL - wool has greater bulk than other textiles, and holds air, which retains heat and absorb moisture. Wool absorbs and holds dye beautifully, and has been keeping us warm since before the 12th century. http://etsy.me/1Phb3fh IN A VARIETY OF PATTERNS:- Cable Knit: http://etsy.me/1LDVSNo- Lace: http://etsy.me/1JxmfFh- Patchwork: http://etsy.me/1Q1HEr7- Ribs: http://etsy.me/1NPXJN0- Stripes: http://etsy.me/1Jqsg37USING YARN FROM LOCAL FIBER LOVERS:- Artisan Hand-Dyed: http://etsy.me/1R26jih- Hand-Spun: http://etsy.me/1P6tghR- Sourced from Small Farms: http://etsy.me/1nN1EFOFOR MEN AND WOMEN, SHORT AND TALL:- SCARVES FOR MEN - Men who are natty dressers will like many of the scarves from the Studio. More conservative men wear scarves for warmth and like them to be reversible, in neutral colors, knit in unfussy, repetitive all-over patterns. http://etsy.me/1o6fX86- EXTRA LONG SCARVES - Manufactured scarves are often too short which is disappointing every time you wear it. Many of the scarves on the Studio are over 70 inches and therefore 'extra long' to allow for extra wrapping for all of us, and the warmth of those who are long or tall. http://etsy.me/1hdeJUR- SHORT, PETITE or SMALL FRAME or for those who prefer a simple neck drape or minimal wrapping - 45-58" long. http://etsy.me/1PUBYTQAbout the Studio at Red Top Ranch: Red Top Ranch is the southwestern Nebraska home of a rural family, 3 rescued dogs and one fiber artist. At the heart of the Studio is a love of nature, outdoors, the West and winter. Scarves, shawls and rag rugs are made using the traditional hand-crafted methods of our frontier grandmothers. Created by hand, one project at a time, combining natural materials with good design for beauty, durability, and individuality.Natural Warmth & Comfort, Made by Hand as in Simpler Times.