A NEW ALPACA DISPLAY
COULD the Granite Belt become known for its alpacas? Stacy Krzewina, Barbara Balkwill and Barbara Fischer think so and they’ve built a unique display to make it happen.
They’ve teamed up to create a Mongolian Ger – sometimes known as a yurt – using Alpaca fur as the lining.
“There’s a million things you can do with alpaca fibre, but we wanted to do something different. We wanted to try and create something that makes us known as alpaca breeders. So we thought why not make something made out of alpaca fibre?” Mrs Krzewina said.
“I worked in central Asia many years ago and I have just wanted to create that sort of space,” Mrs Balkwill added.
The construction is made from a door, a series of wall panels which concertina together, a crown, some poles and 82 roof rafters.
“You tie them together, there are no tools required to put this up,” Mrs
Traditionally a ger would have a canvas cover on the inside, two layers of felt and another cover on the outside, but the ladies have opted for just one layer of felt and a canvas cover on the outside. The frame was built by a yurt maker Scott Derrick in Beechmont while the ladies created the 18 felt panels that line the inside taking three months to complete. On first attempt piecing it together it took two hours to mount.
“We were very surprised at how quickly it went up,” Mrs Krzewina said
“You don’t want to spend all your energy putting it up and have none left to set up.”
The ger will be used at special events, making its local debut at Snowflakes in Stanthorpe. Before then they have plans for events in Mt Tamborine and Harrisville.
“When we go to an event we have to have a marquee to have your stall, so we decided it would be interesting to say the least to have something different,” Mrs Balkwill said. Inside they’ll have on display their other alpaca products, from blankets, to scarves to hats and shawls.
They hope in the future they will be able to make the ger available for hire for other people’s special functions such as weddings or other celebrations.