Public Meets Alpacas At Rancho De Los Sueños

Owners Barbara and Lawrence Roybal with some of Barbara’s creations for sale at the ranch. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Rancho de Los Sueños, a family owned working ranch in Pojoaque, held an open house this weekend. The ranch is on the property that has been owned by the Roybal family since 1938. Owners Barbara and Lawrence Roybal raise a fiber herd of Huacaya alpacas, maintain the family apple orchard, and raise lavender and honey bees. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Mary McIntyre of Los Alamos visits Rancho de Los Sueños Sunday and examines alpaca weavings. Barbara Roybal weaves the fiber taken from her alpacas rugs, scarves and hats. The fiber maintains the natural color of the different alpacas in the herd. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Snack time for a pair of alpacas. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Barbara Roybal’s living room contains four looms. Here, she works on a rug at one of her large looms. Roybal completed an associates degree in Fiber Arts from Northern New Mexico College in 2014, and applies her art in the disciplines of natural dying, wet-felting, spinning and weaving. She has been studying under a 7th generation master weaver for several years, learning the rich northern New Mexico history of weaving. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Guests had the opportunity to get up close and meet the alpacas. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
The Roybals maintain a herd of 10 male alpacas. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
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