Learn more about alpacas at the Alpaca Farm

Roodepoort Record
By: Adéle Bloem
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture

Original content from Roodepoort Record.

Community members are invited to visit the Alliepad Alpakkas on 25 and 26 August from 10am to 3pm to interact with the alpacas, visit their fibre festival stalls and join one of their make-and-take workshops.

There is no entrance fee, but any donation to the Happy Yappers Animal Sanctuary would be welcome.

What you can expect:

– Take a selfie with the alpacas and upload to our page, or tag us on Facebook

– View and interact with the alpaca herd (unfortunately no cuddling or touching of the animals allowed.)

– Question-and-answer sessions

– Alpaca wool products will be on sale

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Love in the Country

Alpaca World   
By: Alpaca World
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture

Original content from Alpaca World.

Eva Dolitzsch-Tatzreither is one busy lady, running an alpaca farm, trekking business, cafe, designing jewellery and much else on her farm near Cape Town in South Africa.

One winter morning in 2014 I woke up asking myself: after 10 years of alpaca-breeding, is there perhaps another way to use our alpaca fleece properly besides yarns, wools, knitting, weaving etc? Here in South Africa we had to face the problem that there was only one single alpaca mill available for around 50 breeders. All the other famous mohair mills are not able to produce yarns for us, because of their different technologies. So we ended up sitting on over 350 kilos of high quality alpaca fleece.

At that time, we had about 70 of these lovely creatures on our farm “Stillwater Estate”, half an hour’s drive from Cape Town. A beautiful mixture of coloured suris and huacayas, pampered by all of us and our farm-workers, each with their own name – from Akelei to Zebrina, from Apollo to Zeus.                                                                                         

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What suit fits you?

Business Daily Africa
By: Mike Mwai
Photo: By Francis Nderitu

Photo Caption: Le Kasri Creative Director Hawkins Ramah poses next to some of his designs during the Suits and Cognac meet up held at the Villa Rosa Kempinski on March 23, 2018.

Original content from Business Daily Africa

They say a stitch in time saves nine. I say the right stitch saves time, money and reputation. A man is judged by his demeanour and confidence. This is assured by choice of dress and grooming.

How you dress says a lot about whether you respect yourself. Picking out clothes that fit you well and are comfortable speaks volumes. Doing the opposite says a lot about your attention to detail and leaves a lot to be desired.

So, how can you be deliberate about your style?

Choosing expensive fabric is where the rite of passage starts. The best fabrics globally are sourced from Italy’s top mills like Emernegildo Zegna. The most expensive fabric, however, is vicuña wool. It is usually reserved for billionaires and royalty. A vicuña is a miniature cousin of Ilama. If you have expensive allure to very fine things, a vicuña jacket can cost you three or four times more than cashmere.

So what suit should you start with? Begin with a good off-the-rack suit then get yourself a made-to-measure blazer and only deep dive into bespoke when you know a little more about what style fits you.

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Alpaca Loom packs a day full of fun

CapeTown ETC
By: Lucinda Dordley
Photo: Courtesy of CBS4  

Original content from CapeTown ETC.        

Looking for a unique activity in Cape Town? It doesn’t get more exciting than the Alpaca Loom in Paarl. Indigenous to Peru, we are lucky enough to have a herd of these beautiful animals in our back yard.

You can shop for exquisite handmade alpaca products and watch the weavers handcraft alpaca wool into products likes scarves, shawls, blankets and rugs. Hand-knitted mittens, beanies and jerseys are also available for sale, as well as a range of alpaca yarn. Spend your day petting  alpacas and learning about these incredible animals. The jungle gym is ideal for children to burn their pent-up energy.

An Alpaca Barn Tour is an experience of a lifetime. Here you meet the adorable resident alpaca herd including the youngest crias (babies) and engage with these furry friendly animals. Find out more about alpacas and how alpaca fibre is processed into fabric to create the beautiful wares for sale.

The Alpaca Barn Tours take place daily at 11am and 3pm. You also can enjoy delicious baked goods and coffee as you watch the alpacas in their pasture. If you need to hire an alpaca, llama or dromedary for a film shoot or other special event like birthday party or wedding, this is the place to go.

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