Beautiful and soft, this shawl is hand woven with our own alpaca, using a fine NSW merino for the warp. It will look stunning paired with smart jeans and long boots in the cool winter months and during the summer it will add textural detail to your bedroom or lounge room, draped casually over a comfy chair. Handwoven on my floor loom, this ladies shawl is hand dyed with natural dyes, including local eucalyptus leaves.
Suri is the softest of alpaca fibres. it is silkier than wool and will drape elegantly around the body – it’s warmer than wool too, so you will feel extra cosy on those cool days and chilly nights. The suppleness of the yarn means you can wear it equally well as a scarf, scrunching it up around your neck, or lay it wide over your shoulders, adding elegance to a beautiful evening dress. Or line up the midway point over one shoulder, throwing the length at the front casually over the other shoulder.
Our alpaca products are truely sustainable with the fibre coming from either our own herd or those of neighbouring farms. We clean the fleece of vegetable matter and select the best of the locks. Due to the fragile nature of the suri fibre we then send it to a local small scale mill, just a couple hundred kilometres away. Once they have cleaned, carded and spun it into the fine yarn, it is returned to us. We weave this luxurious yarn as is, in its natural colour, or we gently dye it ourselves, using either natural or gentle non toxic dyes. Sometimes we also add a fine silk, or recycled sari silk.
Alpaca fibre is resilient and this wrap will keep its shape and softness for years.
Should you need to wash it, do so by hand only, in warm soapy water, agitating as little as possible. Squeeze out excess water by folding it in a towel and pressing down. Do not wring. Dry laid out flat. Not to be tumble dried. Iron with a cool iron, protecting it with a cotton or linen tea towel.