A hike through Upper Austria's oldest nature reserve will lead us directly to alpaca pastures. Surrounded by one of man's oldest farm animals, we will learn amazing things about these landscape conservationists and their unique fiber. Starting with the fleece of the gentle and curious small alpacas, we spin a thread using a hand spindle. And like the shepherds in the Andes, we weave the thread directly on the pasture with the help of a hip weaving frame.
In the wildly romantic Pesenbach valley, at the forest bath in Bad Mühllacken, we go on a short, steep ascent to admire the diversity of the Mühlviertel's oldest nature reserve and collect "treats" for our alpacas and their foals when we get to their pasture. As part of the herd, we delve into the impressive world of alpacas and vividly experience how not only the diversity of species is preserved by keeping grazing animals, but also how they play a role in preserving our cultural landscape.
We always observe the herd's fascinating social behavior, especially the way the mother alpacas treat their young. Alpacas are not wild animals - they have lived with humans for thousands of years and enjoy our presence. With their large eyes and engaging nature, they charm both children and adults alike.
Alpacas have always been bred for their unique fiber. Together, we will try to spin a "fleece of the gods", as the Incas called it, using an original hand spindle to make thread and then weave the thread into a fabric.