When ordering from Orkney Angora you are dealing with a small, family run business situated in one of Orkney’s most northerly isles. This unusual cottage industry was established, from the ruins of a derelict croft, by William & Elizabeth Sichel, in the spring of 1982. William and Elizabeth personally supervise all aspects of the business in Orkney and maintain the high quality standards which have seen their enterprise grow so substantially over the years.
William and Elizabeth were angora farmers themselves for 20 years (1987 – 2007) and operated under the UK government’s Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) Code of Welfare for Farm Animals. Rabbits were sheared (like sheep) four times a year and in the summer this was done in public for tourists to see. No restraint was necessary and it was a stress-free process for rabbit and farmer.
Nowadays they commission spinners and import the yarns spun to their own designs. See About the Angora Wool We Use
Their specialised thermal products are promptly despatched by mail order throughout the U.K. and abroad. They have customers as far apart as Cornwall, Kent, Anglesey, Eire, Belfast, Norwich, Merseyside, the Scottish Borders, as well as in the Orkney and Shetland Islands.
Craft Shop now permanently closed
It is with sadness that as a result of my wife’s death the Craft Shop will now be permanently closed.
Some thermal clothing items will continue to be on sale in the Sanday Community Shop, Lady Village, Sanday and our yarns are on sale in “A Yarn”, 45 Albert Street, Kirkwall. Tel: 01856 870818, as well as a host of other outlets world-wide.
Orkney Angora has been featured in the following magazines and publications: Saga Magazine, Harper’s & Queen, The Lady, Salmon Trout & Sea Trout, Yachting Monthly, Amateur Gardener, Best, Motorcycle International, Country walking, Disability Now, Practical Boatowner, etc.