Eva Dolitzsch-Tatzreither is one busy lady, running an alpaca farm, trekking business, cafe, designing jewellery and much else on her farm near Cape Town in South Africa.
One winter morning in 2014 I woke up asking myself: after 10 years of alpaca-breeding, is there perhaps another way to use our alpaca fleece properly besides yarns, wools, knitting, weaving etc? Here in South Africa we had to face the problem that there was only one single alpaca mill available for around 50 breeders. All the other famous mohair mills are not able to produce yarns for us, because of their different technologies. So we ended up sitting on over 350 kilos of high quality alpaca fleece.
At that time, we had about 70 of these lovely creatures on our farm “Stillwater Estate”, half an hour’s drive from Cape Town. A beautiful mixture of coloured suris and huacayas, pampered by all of us and our farm-workers, each with their own name – from Akelei to Zebrina, from Apollo to Zeus.
Only 10 days later my Mom was the owner of her first three alpaca dams, and I had finalised my four-page German title story “Alpakas in Südafrika”.
Our alpaca story began back in 2004 when my Mom, at this time 83 years old, yet still very interested in all business undertakings and a big animal-lover, was looking for a worthy investment, and me, editor of German Magazines in South Africa, always on the hunt for interesting stories went to an alpaca importer’s farm. Looking into their beautiful, long lashed eyes and falling deeply in love took just a few seconds. Only 10 days later my Mom was the owner of her first three alpaca dams, and I had finalised my four-page German title story “Alpakas in Südafrika”.
One year later another importer showed us a beautiful soft 37 cm long black silky lock – our first contact with rare suri alpacas. Decisions are made quickly in our family: with their next import from Chile we ordered QAI Lautaro, the owner of this gorgeous lock, who was chosen to become the first suri sire in South Africa with lots of beautiful offspring. Some suri girls were imported too and beside the huacaya-group in all colours, the suri herd was growing with every year.