A new fashion venture in Whitchurch sees local alpaca farmers and designer join forces to produce versatile garments using alpaca fibre

Pauline Forster, a bridal wear designer based in Whitchurch is currently designing and producing jackets, coats and dresses using fabric made entirely from locally supplied alpaca fibre. Watership Alpacas, an established herd nestled in the valley below Watership Down, has provided the fibre with a range of autumnal colours that have been blended and woven by specialist weavers in Wales to produce a very fine cloth.

Alison Thompson and Keith Taylor of Watership Alpacas chose to keep alpacas to support the natural maintenance of their pasture. These beautiful animals have produced such a wonderful quality of fleece that they wanted to find a way to ensure the fibre was used to show off its softness and versatility. Alison and Keith sought to develop a collection of clothes locally, so have teamed up with Pauline, who has produced a range of designs that are wonderfully fashionable, comfortable and wearable.

The range is available from “Pauline Forster” in Church Street, Whitchurch, where you can have a garment tailor-made if preferred. The soft and lightweight alpaca fibre is being incorporated into a winter wedding range and fashion range which will all be hand made by Pauline.

Don’t miss your chance to wear a beautifully tailored garment, made from a locally sustainable and luxurious fibre.

For further information, or to request an interview, please contact Pauline Forster (infopforster@btinternet.com or 01256 895670) or Keith Taylor (watershipalpacas@tiscali.co.uk or 01256 892154).

Don’t miss the launch evening and drinks – Thursday 18th November, 5-8pm

And join in for a glass of wine and mince pies at Pauline Forster’s shop in Church Street, to celebrate the launch of a special limited edition winter collection. Miglio Designer Jewellery will also be supporting the evening. Thursday November 18th, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm