Legacy Lane Fibre Mill in Markhamville, New Brunswick is dedicated to keeping people warm with their best-selling product: Alpaca insoles.
“We use Alpaca, primarily because it's seven times warmer than sheep's wool,” says co-owner Amy Tonning. “It's also hypo-allergenic, and it [pulls] moisture away from the skin, so even if you might get wet feet or slightly damp feet, [they] aren't going to get cold.”
Creating the felted insoles is a labour-intensive process.
Once the fibre is harvested from the Alpacas, it's sorted, cleaned and put through a picking machine.
Then, it's compressed and agitated in a water / soap mixture that turns the fibre into a felt-like fabric. From there, it's die-cut into the shape of an insole.
Alpaca is an increasingly popular fibre for winter clothing -- largely because it's strong, but still breathable. The fleece contains micro pockets of air that allow it to retain heat better than wool, without feeling stuffy.
It couldn't be a better time for people in New Brunswick to stock up on a good pair of insoles. Rain is in the forecast for the Bay of Fundy and Saint John -- and it isn't expected to let up until the weekend.
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With files from Cheryl Santa Maria