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Men's Grecas Alpaca Sweater

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Indigenous Bolivian craftsman translate grecas—repeating geometric patterns—from the traditional garments of the Tarabuco region in this 3/4-zip pullover. The design is an interpretation of barroco mestizo style, in which indigenous and Spanish cultures have struck an aesthetic balance. This lightweight and cozy 100% alpaca sweater is handknit by artisans in Bolivia.

Made in Bolivia. 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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Men's Grecas Alpaca Sweater
 
3.4

(based on 9 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

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    (5)

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • High quality (5)
  • Warm (5)
  • Comfortable (4)
  • Stylish (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Casual wear (3)
      • Chest Size:
      • Feels too small

         

        Feels true to size

         

        67% 

        (4 reviews)

        Feels too big

         
      • Length:
      • Feels too short

         

        Feels true to length

         

        83% 

        (5 reviews)

        Feels too long

         
      • Sleeve Length:
      • Feels too short

         

        Feels true to length

         

        83% 

        (5 reviews)

        Feels too long

         
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Practical (5), Comfort-oriented (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (6), Yes (3)

    Reviewed by 9 customers

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    3.0

    color not even close to what was shown

    By bob

    from Denver, colorado

    Pros

      Cons

      • Color Not As Expected
      • Color Very Different Than

      Best Uses

        Comments about Men's Grecas Alpaca Sweater:

        I would not have ordered this product with the colors you sent me

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Why did I wait so long

        By Pink Elephant In The Room

        from Sand Springs, OK

        About Me Comfort-oriented, Practical, Quality Is Worth The Mone

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • High Quality
        • Stylish
        • Warm

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Casual Wear

          Comments about Men's Grecas Alpaca Sweater:

          Phenomenal sweater. I read all the reviews before purchasing and I want to respond to some of the points that caught my attention.

          -The sweater is slightly darker in person compared to the picture.
          -The itchiness is very mild and non-existent with an undershirt.
          -The sweater is lightweight, but quite warm - not hot. I am often warm, so buying sweaters I can actually wear is a tough task to accomplish.
          -I have worn it with a very lightweight undershirt and was comfortable indoors. This is the perfect sweater for wearing under my work coat with a wicking undershirt. When working outdoors I use layering versus a super heavy coat.
          -In as manly a way as I can say it - it is very sharp without being over the top and the wife really likes it.
          -It is super soft, almost silky feeling.
          -I commented it was big in all ways. Not greatly so. From my understanding of wool and alpaca, they may tighten up over time with cleaning. If this happens, it will still fit great. I ordered my usual shirt size of large.
          -The only negative I saw is its pricey. But after you wear it a few times, you'll agree it is worth every penny.

          • Chest Size:
          • Feels too big
          • Length:
          • Feels too long
          • Sleeve Length:
          • Feels too long
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I would buy this in another color also!

          By Super mom

          from Commack,New York

          About Me Classic, Comfort-oriented, High-end shopper, Practical

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • High Quality
          • Stylish
          • Warm

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Men's Grecas Alpaca Sweater:

              I bought this for my husband and he absolutely loves it! It is warm &cozy for him, and looks great! It is also super soft!

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

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              fabulous colors but wished it heavier

              By wife

              from m ontréal canada

              About Me Classic, Comfort-oriented, Practical, Trendy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Breathable
              • Comfortable
              • High Quality
              • Stylish

              Cons

              • Not Warm

              Best Uses

              • Casual Wear
              • Everyday
              • Going Out
              • Travel

              Comments about Men's Grecas Alpaca Sweater:

              wished same coloring but much heavier whool to provide much needed heat here in canada's winter.

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

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Color Not as Shown

              By yobuck

              from Denver

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Warm

              Cons

              • Color Not As Expected

              Best Uses

              • Casual Wear

              Comments about Men's Grecas Alpaca Sweater:

              I wish I could add a picture to this review because the color is darker than expected nor does it match the picture in the catalog. If I had seen the actual color I would not have ordered it, but since I got it on sale I will not bother returning it. The background tan is more of a brown, think ragg wool. Overall the entire sweater is darker so it's more muted where the reds and patterns do not pop as much as they do in the photographs online or in the catalog. Disappointing.

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

              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Not as pictured

              By prxbill

              from El Paso, TX

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Men's Grecas Alpaca Sweater:

                    Color online seemed to me to be a contrast of greens and whites. The actual product I received was more like browns against beige, not nearly the contrast implied. Otherwise a decent, warm, sweater.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Itchy!

                    By jennj

                    from Seattle

                    About Me Comfort-oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • High Quality
                    • Warm

                    Cons

                    • Itchy Material

                    Best Uses

                    • Formal Events

                    Comments about Men's Grecas Alpaca Sweater:

                    Very nice sweater but very itchy.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes
                     
                    4.0

                    quality and functionality as defined

                    By Dina

                    from Suva, Fiji

                    About Me Practical

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • High Quality
                    • Warm

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Men's Grecas Alpaca Sweater:

                        good for what it is meant for chilly weather and in the cold

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

                        (17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        Beautiful Sweater Not Durable

                        By His Wife

                        from Northport, AL

                        About Me Practical

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Beautiful sweater

                        Cons

                        • Afraid to wash
                        • Poor Quality

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Men's Grecas Alpaca Sweater:

                          Wore this sweater one time. After returning home my wife noticed that it already had a pull. Taking to dry cleaners. Afraid to wash it after this. Seems the sweater is very done with big stitches which causes the sweater to pull easily.

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

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