Lambswool Baby Blanket
Made around New Zealand
This beautiful blanket has humble beginnings, as the fibre that is shorn from the Romney lambs at Palliser Ridge station, in February of each year. The shearing process, as well as all farm practices, are Responsible Wool Standard accredited, so you can be assured the blanket comes with strong ethical credentials.
The shorn wool then heads to the sunny Hawkes Bay for scouring, before travelling to Woolyarns in Wellington for carding and spinning.
Once the yarn is in single ply form, it's shipped up to Auckland where Inter-Weave turn it into beautiful fabric.
The fabric is then brought back to Palliser Ridge, where it is cut into shape, and the satin and leather badging added, before packaging them up in beautiful gift boxes made by the good folk at Port Nicholson Packaging in Wellington.
Generous cot size. Dimensions 120cm W x 150cm L (give or take a couple of centimetres due to the handmade nature)
Palliser Ridge in New Zealand’s North Island is part of the Wools of New Zealand Ltd integrity programme and were one of the very first New Zealand farms to be accredited under the Responsible Wool Standard for Marks and Spencer UK.
Kurt Portas runs the 1320-hectare [1150-hectare] coastal property with his wife Lisa, and as a young Kiwi family with two boys, Axel (8 years old) and Beauden (5 years old), they’re committed to sustainably working with nature and their 10,000 sheep.
South Wairarapa sheep and beef farm Palliser Ridge has been embedded with sustainability and social stewardship since the beginning. The farm sells 10 tonnes of lambswool and 20 tonnes of ewes’ wool each year, in addition to marketing honey, lambswool and hand-knitted clothing products used to demonstrate the wonders of wool.
Their off-grid accommodation and on-farm tour enterprises add value to the business and highlight their sustainable management practices.
Stock water sourced from a bore on the Turanganui Plains is reticulated across the entire property and Kurt has begun a planting programme on retiring old dams and establishing native vegetation.