is part of Teesdale Alpacas - we are a small Alpaca Farm just outside Barnard Castle in County Durham and started about 8 years ago with 5 'pet' boys; we now have over 40 Alpacas.
We work with our weaver in the Scottish Borders to produce Alpaca 'tweed' Cloth and other woven alpaca products. We like to use local craftspeople where possible and our Hats and Caps are made for us by a traditional manufacturer in Yorkshire.
In time we hope to bring more aspects of our manufacturing in-house and to be producing our own felted alpaca items and alpaca pillows in 2016. We have designed and built some fibre equipment to allow us to do this.
Our 'small' carding machine 'Amelia' was made in the early 1900's in Cleckheaton, Yorkshire by Frank Firth ltd. Around that time and place there was, in a family called Firth, a little girl aged 11 called Amelia. Amelia's job was to look after some of the carding machines in the big mills. One of my jobs now is to look after my little Amelia!
Alpacas were 'created' by the ancient peruvians to provide them with some of the best fibre in the world and we want to carry on the tradition of producing fine fabrics and garments from these wonderful animals which was started in this country by Sir Titus Salt, mill owner and founder of Saltaire in Yorkshire back in 1836.