23 years ago, when Cheryl and Barry Eldridge looked to diversify the farming activities on Stansborough, (their New Zealandsheep station), 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 has been used to costume many of the main characters appearing in movies such as 'The Lord of the Rings’, 'The Hobbit', 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' 'Prince Caspian', and 'Avatar'.
Their flock of blue grey sheep, a registered wool breed called 'Stansborough Greys' are the only ones of their kind in the world and have wool that is unusually silky, soft and lustrous.
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 then woven at their own historic Weaving Mill inWellington. 100% grown, inspired, designed and created in New Zealand, the end product is totally natural and eco friendly; from the sustainable way the animals are farmed, right through to the hand finished textiles. The fibres used are in totally natural or biodegradable overdyed colours only.