LOCAL CRAFT CELEBRATION
Quenti Alpaca Farm & Mill in the Wellington Wine Route started its current operation on 2009 with the first 12 alpaca arriving from Chile. The current herd size is 204 with 33 due to birth in September/October.
The old restored Cape Dutch homestead dates around 1715 and neighbours the only customised industrial mill dedicated to Alpaca in SA. Mill machinery has come from all over Europe, carefully reconditioned and set just right for the extremely low micron fibers.
All of this results in a farm that oversees the entire process from nurturing the animals to the end products. It includes colouring the in house manufactured yarn with natural pigments and knitting products by farm residents, employees and neighbouring communities.
Personal wear and homeware products are available all year round through the online store. You can find beanies, socks, ponchos, snoods and scarves, throws, baby blankets and yarn, all in delicate earth tones and natural pastels. Visit http://capealpacas.co.za/ for the online shop.
For the second year, on 29 September, visitors are welcome to the Quenti Farm Festival.
It is a celebration of natural fibers and all the creativity that it generates. The owners share their fascination for the many ways people create, using very simple tools – a crochet hook, a set of knitting needles, water and friction, natural pigments……………the list goes on. There are many people doing small unique things with little exposure, so the festival is a place where their work is showcased.
The festival day offers a range of workshops – crochet, felting, hand spinning and yarn blending. The oldest guild in the country will be present – Cape Guild of Weavers. They will demonstrate some of their crafts and display the work of their members. Mill tours throughout the day will show visitors the amazing machines and processes used to transform raw fiber into fabulous, sleek worsted yarn.
Celebrations will be complete with live music, fabulous food, local craft beer and wine, great coffee and cakes, all in a glorious setting under a huge wild fig tree, between ancient buildings in the shadow of the Hawaqua Mountains.
Wellington is just an hour’s drive from central Cape Town, but it feels as if you are a thousand miles away from civilisation. Peaceful and beautiful with an enormous number of bird species can be seen every day.
If you wish to visit Quenti Alpaca Farm & Mill on other days, you are welcome to do so by appointment. They offer personalized tours of the barn and mill concluding at the studio, where products are displayed, and people can browse and shop after the tour.
Quenti Alpaca & Mill
Klein Limietrivier Farm, Palmietvlei Road, Wellington.
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