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Each product is handmade using raw materials from desert farm areas. The design and the creation of every piece is made by Werner Sunkel and his staff at the workshops in Milnerton. The processes required is time consuming and elaborate with each product handmade to perfection. Our products are environmentally friendly and from sustainable resources.
All quills are hand picked individually washed, disinfected and fumigated. These rodents are not endangered nor do you require a permit for export.
No porcupines were hunted or killed for these quills, the meat of the porcupine is a delicacy for local farm workers, nothing goes to waste so we make use of all the remains. Scientific name - Hystrix Africaeaustralis
Porcupines are rodents covered with sharp quills to protect them from predators. Considered a pest amongst farmers as they dig up crops and borrow under fences that lead to great damage. The porcupine is about 650-900 mm long with a 200-250mm tail. Weighing between 5-15 Kg's they are rounded and very slow.
Porcupine quills are sharp and detach easily, the animal turns its back towards the predator and turns itself into a round ball like shape. Predators have been known to die as a result of quill penetration and infections. Quills are released by contact with them, or they may drop out when the porcupine shakes its body, but cannot be projected at attackers contrary to popular belief. New quills grow in their place.
The debate regarding unscrupulous hunting of the rodents to satisfy the souvenir market rages on and we support the ethical harvesting, to this effect we have been issued certification by Nature Conservation who monitor the method of collection and harvesting and set quotas on the amount of quills image on right.