The Opulent Alpaca
Barry and Isabel Eisenhauer have been besotted with alpacas for more than 25 years. The couple moved to Inverness County in 1994 to take up farming on an acreage farmed by Isabel’s great grandparents, purchasing their first female alpacas several years later. They had a young and growing family as well as demanding careers, but by 2011 they were able to focus more time and energy on growing their business. Today, they raise more than 55 alpacas (both breeds) and make a great line of products using their home-raised fibre from the alpacas and from sheep.
If you’ve ever worn alpaca clothing, you know that its softness and warmth are second to no other natural fibre. The Eisenhauers make a variety of products, including scarves and shawls, headbands, dryer balls, socks and insoles. They also make beautiful yarns for the make-it-yourself fibre enthusiasts, and craft amazing and unique felted floor rugs using their alpaca fibre.
Having made their debut with us at our 2018 Harvest Greets the Holidays show in Masstown, Barry and Isabel are excited about attending our Spring Expo. Their most popular products are usually felted insoles and socks, but they’re also launching a fun new product this year, bird nesting material, which will be fun for bird lovers to use in attracting songbirds to nest around their homes. Come and visit the Opulent Alpaca at Saltscapes—especially for their socks!