Stanthorpe Border Post - - FRONT PAGE - Liana Walker [email protected]­der­post.com.au

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

Balk­will said.

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.

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