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Tiwanaku Textiles Alpaca Sweater

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In the Bolivian high plains, amid the snowcapped Andes, the pre-Inca Tiwanaku culture thrived for more than 500 years. So far only a fraction of the civilization's ruins have been excavated, yet it has yielded some of the earliest and more remarkably well-preserved textiles found in the Americas. Their art features highly abstracted figures, that originally expressed real places, animals, or cultural events but over time became icons with symbolic meaning. The high degree of abstraction in the art of Tiwanaku has inspired several art historians to compare their art to modern abstract movements, including Cubism. The intricate, interlocked geometric patterns on this alpaca fiber sweater are adapted from woven Tiwanaku tunics made around 500 A.D.


Each alpaca sweater is unique. Please allow slight color variations.


Hand-knit in Bolivia by artisans. 100% alpaca. Men’s sizes M (38-40), L (42-44), XL (46-48), XXL (50-52).

Hand-wash or dry clean.

Indigenous people in South America have raised alpaca for its fleece for thousands of years before Europeans learned about the animal and exported alpaca fiber to Spain in the 16th and 17th centuries. Today this domesticated animal is bred throughout the world, but its native habitat is the Andean altiplano: Ecuador, southern Peru, northern Bolivia, and northern Chile.


Descended from the wild vicuña, alpaca resemble a cross between a llama and a sheep. Its fleece is similar to sheep's wool, but is usually softer, less prickly, and has minimal lanolin content, making it virtually hypoallergenic. Its extreme warmth, relatively light weight, and natural resistance to water make alpaca wool an ideal fabric for the frigid winters of the Andean altiplano. These qualities have also led to a rise in the use of alpaca fiber in outdoor gear and active wear, although it is also easily spun into a fine enough yarn for use in suits and other dress wear.


Most alpaca products can be treated as you would an object made of sheep's wool—hand wash using a mild soap and lukewarm water, or dry clean—but check the tag or manufacturer's instructions for specific instructions.


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Tiwanaku Textiles Alpaca Sweater
 
4.2

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Soft (9)
  • Warm (9)
  • Great color (8)
  • Comfortable (7)
  • Lightweight (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Casual wear (7)
    • Cold / extreme (7)
    • Layering (5)
    • Going out (4)
    • Travel (4)
      • Chest Size:
      • Feels too small

         

        Feels true to size

         

        100% 

        (12 reviews)

        Feels too big

         
      • Sleeve Length:
      • Feels too short

         

        Feels true to length

         

        83% 

        (10 reviews)

        Feels too long

         
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Comfort-oriented (6), Practical (6), Classic style (5), High-end shopper (3), Stylish (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (8), Yes (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Bolivian alpaca sweater

    Looks like a classic fair-isle pattern. Roomy body and slightly long arms (and those aren't bad things to me). Almost silky feel to the alpaca wool. Seems well constructed. Fun to explain...Read complete review

    Looks like a classic fair-isle pattern. Roomy body and slightly long arms (and those aren't bad things to me). Almost silky feel to the alpaca wool. Seems well constructed. Fun to explain that it is Bolivian alpaca woven/knitted by a cooperative of local artisans. I like this sweater a lot.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Nice sweater, but very misleading photog

    This sweater is just as advertised with one glaring exception. The "in person" coloration of the actual product is amazingly different than that of the photograph in its listing. I suppose...Read complete review

    This sweater is just as advertised with one glaring exception. The "in person" coloration of the actual product is amazingly different than that of the photograph in its listing. I suppose that Nat'l Geographic has a contractual arrangement with an Ad Agency, or some such, to present the products in a most favorable manner.... I can understand that. However, I have always perceived Nat'l Geographic (the magazine) as the epitome of the printed image. That didn't hold true this time. The sweater is of obvious high quality and I like it a lot. It just isn't even remotely close to the illustrated color. It is much more dull or muted than the printed image. I just looked at other similar comments from other customers and noted the responses from Nat'l Geographic that differences can occur in manufacture due to thread colors, etc. I'm sure that is true, but golly folks, this is radically different. All that being said, the overall quality is Nat'l Geographic worthy and my wife really likes it.... so, I do, too.

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    3.0

    Nice sweater, but very misleading photog

    By The Natural

    from Bella Vista, Arkansas

    About Me High-end shopper, Practical

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Stylish
    • Warm

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Cold Weather
      • Layering

      Comments about Tiwanaku Textiles Alpaca Sweater:

      This sweater is just as advertised with one glaring exception. The "in person" coloration of the actual product is amazingly different than that of the photograph in its listing. I suppose that Nat'l Geographic has a contractual arrangement with an Ad Agency, or some such, to present the products in a most favorable manner.... I can understand that. However, I have always perceived Nat'l Geographic (the magazine) as the epitome of the printed image. That didn't hold true this time. The sweater is of obvious high quality and I like it a lot. It just isn't even remotely close to the illustrated color. It is much more dull or muted than the printed image. I just looked at other similar comments from other customers and noted the responses from Nat'l Geographic that differences can occur in manufacture due to thread colors, etc. I'm sure that is true, but golly folks, this is radically different. All that being said, the overall quality is Nat'l Geographic worthy and my wife really likes it.... so, I do, too.

      • Chest Size:
      • Feels true to size
      • Sleeve Length:
      • Feels true to length
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Soft and beautiful

      By Doneldon

      from Twin Cities

      About Me Classic, Comfort-oriented, Practical

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Great Color
      • Soft
      • Soft Muted Colors
      • Warm

      Cons

      • It's Not Cheap

      Best Uses

      • Casual Wear
      • Cold Weather
      • Going Out
      • Layering

      Comments about Tiwanaku Textiles Alpaca Sweater:

      I like Fall anyway but I can't wait for cooler days so I'll have an excuse to wear this great sweater. It's so soft and pretty. My wife, who can't wear any kind of wool, envies my having this garment.

      • Chest Size:
      • Feels true to size
      • Sleeve Length:
      • Feels too short
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Tiwanaku Textiles Alpaca Sweater

      By Ricky

      from Pretoria, South Africa

      About Me Comfort-oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Casual Wear

        Comments about Tiwanaku Textiles Alpaca Sweater:

        This is one of the best garments that I have bought in a long time. It will certainly see a lot of wear when the cooler weather arrives here in the southern hemisphere. It looks classy, it feels good to the touch, and the fit is comfortable without it being baggy. Pity about our exorbitant import duties!

        • Chest Size:
        • Feels true to size
        • Sleeve Length:
        • Feels true to length
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Looks different but no less attractive

        By SOH

        from Zurich

        About Me Comfort-oriented, Stylish

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Soft
        • Warm

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Casual Wear
          • Cold Weather
          • Layering
          • Travel

          Comments about Tiwanaku Textiles Alpaca Sweater:

          Received this sweater as a gift because I liked its colors on the product page. In reality they are much darker than depicted: the browns are earthier, the greens are more mossy, and the blue and beige are considerably more muted, Still looks beautiful, though, and the softness and quality of the alpaca wool are exquisite. A warm sweater that looks good worn over a white or light blue oxford shirt.

          • Chest Size:
          • Feels true to size
          • Sleeve Length:
          • Feels true to length
          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
           
          5.0

          I took it to Europe last month.I like it

          By Smith.A

          from Bangkok Thailand

          About Me Classic, Stylish

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great Color
          • Lightweight
          • Soft
          • Warm

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Cold Weather
            • Travel

            Comments about Tiwanaku Textiles Alpaca Sweater:

            I used it for cold weather,it's value for money to get this product.

            • Chest Size:
            • Feels true to size
            • Sleeve Length:
            • Feels true to length
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Gorgeous Sweater

            By Beam me up

            from Rocklin, CA

            About Me High-end shopper, Stylish

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Great Color
            • Soft
            • Warm

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Casual Wear
              • Cold Weather
              • Going Out
              • Layering
              • Travel

              Comments about Tiwanaku Textiles Alpaca Sweater:

              Great quality, fit, and color and very comfortable.

              • Chest Size:
              • Feels true to size
              • Sleeve Length:
              • Feels true to length
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              3.0

              Dull colors

              By mliz

              from Chapel Hill, NC

              Verified Reviewer

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                Cons

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                    Comments about Tiwanaku Textiles Alpaca Sweater:

                    Bought as a gift so I don't know about fit, etc. However, the colors were considerably duller than those in the photo. I was disappointed.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Sweater

                    By IrinaCan

                    from Chicagoland, IL

                    About Me Classic, Comfort-oriented, Practical

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Great Color
                    • Lightweight
                    • Soft
                    • Warm

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Tiwanaku Textiles Alpaca Sweater:

                        This is a really great sweater - warm, light, soft. I knit myself for over 20 years, I know a lot about knitting. This sweater made perfectly. The colors are chosen very well for men's sweater. Like all handmade knitting it is recommended hand wash and flat dry. After washing the sweater is even softer (I usually wash wool with shampoo). It was my gift to my husband for Christmas a few years ago. Sweater still looks like new.
                        I highly recommend this sweater, I actually came to this website to get a link for my friends.

                        • Chest Size:
                        • Feels true to size
                        • Sleeve Length:
                        • Feels true to length
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        beautiful sweater

                        By Roger

                        from New Jersey

                        About Me Classic, Comfort-oriented, Practical

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable
                        • Great Color
                        • Soft

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Casual Wear
                          • Going Out
                          • Layering

                          Comments about Tiwanaku Textiles Alpaca Sweater:

                          Professional photographers can use colored lighting to great effect. The photo of this one glowed in light blue, red, gold, tan and others. The actual colors are somewhat muted in contrast, but they are still attractive. My wife thinks it's great.
                          Although this was a gift, I had seen the ad photo and had asked for the sweater for Christmas.

                          • Chest Size:
                          • Feels true to size
                          • Sleeve Length:
                          • Feels true to length
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes

                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          TIWANAKU ALPACA SWEATER

                          By LLEWELLYN

                          from TORONTO CANADA

                          About Me Practical

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable
                          • Great Color
                          • Great design
                          • Lightweight
                          • Soft
                          • Warm

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Casual Wear
                            • Going Out

                            Comments about Tiwanaku Textiles Alpaca Sweater:

                            IT LOOKS GREAT AND IS SOFT AND WARM BUT LIGHT WEIGHT

                            • Chest Size:
                            • Feels true to size
                            • Sleeve Length:
                            • Feels true to length
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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