Today I visited the Alpaca Loom Coffee shop and Weaving studio located in Paarl on the Suid-Agter Paarl road. They are open daily from 10:00 to 18:00 or you can attend an alpaca barn tour over the weekends at 15:00.
Before you go and feed the alpacas for only R10 you can enjoy a cup of coffee and decadent cake with the beautiful view of Table mountain and the alpaca herd.
It was such an experience to feed them, with their little skew teeth nibbling at your fingers, while the geese try to chase away the alpacas because they also want to be fed. And then there is the poor old donkey who can’t be fed due to his heart conditions, which is very cute, and he cried all the way through the feeding.
At the Alpaca Loom woven scarves, shawls and blankets are made from the wool of the alpacas. There are also hand knitted mittens, beanies and jerseys, which are quite expensive but they are so soft and exquisite. I have learned so much about this animal and I truly believe that this is my spirit animal, since an alpaca can de from loneliness, and to prevent this they are always sold and bought in pairs. The alpaca can live up to 20 years and they weigh around 50 to 90kg. They are part of the camel family and originated from South America. Each alpaca sheds 2-4 kg of wool per year which is then used for wool production and their colours vary from 12 natural colours with different shades.
If I could have any animal in the world, it would be an alpaca.
If you are in the Western Cape the Alpaca Loom coffee shop and weaving studio is a place you should definitely go and visit!