Sunday, May 26, 2013

LLAMAS AND LOOMS AND RUGS

 
When we were out and about we saw some interesting rugs on display out in the town square. Unfortunately they weren't for sale. Someone was there demonstrating how they were made on a loom.  Fascinating. But what really sparked our attention was where the wool they were using came from. And the leather on the chairs they were sitting in. It was from Llamas. Much to our delight the family brought three of them to exhibit. And we got to pet them. Some people even tried to ride them. Are they not adorable?  One was groomed like a poodle. It's handler was a little girl. Their eyes are so BIG and expressive aren't they? But we were told when they get mad they can be quite mean, hissing and spitting. Fortunately we didn't witness any of that behavior. According to National Geographic, "Llamas contribute much more than transportation to the human communities in which they live. Leather is made from their hides, and their wool is crafted into ropes, rugs, and fabrics. Llama excrement is dried and burned for fuel. Even in death, llamas can serve their human owners—some people slaughter them and eat their meat."
RUGS RUGS RUGS
 
TOO CUTE FOR WORDS
IS THIS LLAMA RELATED TO A POODLE?
 
 
 

10 comments:

Paula said...

Several years ago we got to go Llama shopping. John's daughter wanted one to watch out for her goats. It was so neat the way it would stand by the gate and move it's head back and forth as if counting the goats as they came into the pen late afternoon. Sadly she only had it a while and it was bitten by a rattlesnake and died.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

i lllove lllamas!!!

Red Rose Alley said...

I have always thought that the Llama was an interesting animal. These are adorable. I didn't realize all the facts about them. The next time I see a llama, I will think of my friend, Taryterre.

Love,
~Sheri

Lynda said...

The rugs are beautiful. I have never seen a llama shaved that way - - - funny! Very informative post!

jack69 said...

Very interesting entry. Love the pictures of the Lamas. You gotta love the little handler.
((HUGS)) Just SWEET!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Llamas are such funny looking characters. They always make me smile. I love their wool, but it is expensive. I always look but never buy. But I can dream.

Formerly known as Frau said...

We have a Llama farm behind our house...They are very territorial also and very bonded to their families.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

The llamas are so adorable! Loved your photos. Have a nice day!

Lucy said...

That is a really fun and interesting blog. Running behind. Will catch up tomorrow.

Belle said...

Llamas are so cute and I love the rugs. We once drove by a ranch that had llamas and we saw one had gotten loose and was running full tilt through the neighbors yards.