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Stansborough

Heirloom Double Blanket

  • $650.00

Made in Christchurch

From the makers of HRH Princess Charlotte's teddy bear and offical Lord of the Rings cloaks.

Cocoon the ones you love in this huge, super soft 100% pure Stansborough Grey Woollen blanket. It is crafted with locally spun wool in light grey base, with grey, gold and ecru features; hand finished,  sustainably produced, and made with no chemicals involved in any stage of processing the wool. This gorgeous blanket is large enough to be a full blanket on single beds, and top blanket on double and queen beds.

This limited edition blanket as central to NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visit to Stansborough in June 2020, as part of its launch. Jacinda signed and presented the Number #01 COVID blanket to be auctioned in support of Women’s Refuge in NZ.

Stansbough Grey Sheep are a registered breed, and one of the rarest sheep in the world. They are ethically reared and sheared twice yearly; given lots of water, shelter and kindness.  Their fleeces are intricately graded and graded before being spun into yarns of the highest quality for weaving. Every aspect of this blanket, from beginning to end, is processed and made in New Zealand.

Size: 2.4 metres x 2 metres plus elegant 1cm fringe


GIVING BACK

Every of these blankets sold equals donation of $50 to cover a women/child for 2 night's stay at Women’s Refuge. 

 

ORIGIN STORY

When Cheryl and Barry Eldridge looked to diversify their sheep station 30 years ago, they had no idea the results would eventually be seen on cinema screens around the world. The unique fibre created by their flock of rare grey sheep, which date back to the Vikings, was used to costume many of the main characters appearing in the blockbuster movies The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

Stansborugh featured again in two major Disney productions, Narnia’s – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian - along with The Waterhorse, BBC’s Kidnapped, Avatar, Kidnapped, Mortal Engines and many others. 

In 1991, Cheryl and Barry concluded that their hill country sheep and cattle farm, situated in a picturesque valley in the Wairarapa, two hours drive from Wellington, was a marginal farming operation. With the downturn in farming at the time, the Eldridge’s looked for other imaginative options. Their search resulted in them obtaining a flock of grey sheep with wool orignally used to make sales for Viking long boats, but is now registered as a NZ wool breed in their own right, Stansborough Greys. The Eldridge’s also farm a herd of 80 alpacas, have some forestry plantations and created some native bush reserves, to cancel out their carbon footprint. Their son Gavin helps with the day to day management of the farm, while younger son Jamie and Cheryl do more of the paperwork side of the farm operation. 

Their flock of grey sheep has wool that is unusually durable, silky, soft and lustrous. This is the result of many years of selective breeding and hard work, producing a Stansborough Grey flock of over twelve hundred animals, the only ones of their kind in the world. The alpacas on the farm produce fibre which adds warmth and a variety of other natural colours to many of the end products created at their weaving mill.  When on display in New York, the unusual qualities of the Stansborough Grey fibre caught the attention of Lord of the Rings costume designers and thus began their ongoing involvement in the movie industry.

The Eldridge’s personally attend the shearing, hand sorting and grading of the fleece of each animal. After the fleece has been professionally worsted spun, the yarn is woven at their own historic Weaving Mill in Wellington.

Cheryl with her team of dedicated artisans have created exclusive collections for SAKS Fifth Avenue, and designer gifts for The Royal Family,  HRH Princess Charlotte, the King of Jordan, and the President of India.

What originally started out as an idea to keep a rare sheep from extinction has grown into a family business with sustainability at its heart; from the farm, scouring, spinning, weaving and hand finishing.