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Violet Peruvian Alpaca Sweater

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High in the Peruvian Altiplano, people have been using soft, durable alpaca fiber to make warm yet lightweight garments for centuries. Today, international markets are being developed for this indigenous craft, which helps sustain artisans in their communities. Aymara and Quechua artisans in Peru use an alpaca blend to create this vivid garment that drapes like silk. Made entirely by hand, it is embellished with hand-knit scalloping at the cuffs and hem, and hand-painted ceramic buttons. Light, soft, easily packable, and wrinkle resistant. Handmade in Peru.

Approximately 22 1/2"L.

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#151;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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Violet Peruvian Alpaca Sweater
 
4.1

(based on 9 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great color (8)
  • Soft (6)
  • Comfortable (5)
  • Flattering (5)
  • Lightweight (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Going out (7)
    • Layering (5)
    • Casual wear (3)
    • Travel (3)
    • Work (3)
      • Chest Size:
      • Feels too small

         

        Feels true to size

         

        63% 

        (5 reviews)

        Feels too big

         
      • Sleeve Length:
      • Feels too short

         

        Feels true to length

         

        86% 

        (6 reviews)

        Feels too long

         
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Practical (7), Classic style (6), Comfort-oriented (6), Stylish (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (8)

    Reviewed by 9 customers

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    3.0

    Too expensive for the quality.

    By Summer

    from Elk Grove,Ca

    About Me Classic

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Soft

    Cons

    • Thin Fabric

    Best Uses

      Comments about Violet Peruvian Alpaca Sweater:

      Description did not meet reality.

      • 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)

       
      5.0

      my wife's favorite sweater

      By Audioguy

      from PA

      About Me Comfort-oriented, Practical

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Great Color
      • Lightweight
      • Soft
      • Stylish

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Going Out
        • Layering
        • Travel

        Comments about Violet Peruvian Alpaca Sweater:

        This sweater has great color and style and is very comfortable to wear.

        • 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

        A Beautiful Winter Wardrobe Addition

        By Marie Leboh

        from Lebanon OH

        About Me Classic, Comfort-oriented, Practical, Stylish

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Flattering
        • Great Color
        • Stylish

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Violet Peruvian Alpaca Sweater:

          This is the first clothing product I have ordered from National Geographic and I am delighted with it.
          The colors are gorgeous and I received many compliments when I wear it. I ordered it because it was on sale and am happy with the quality and workmanship. I plan to order more sweaters as time goes on.

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

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Beautiful in all aspects!

          By The Beading Vermonter

          from Richmond, Vermont

          About Me Classic, Practical, Stylish

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Flattering
          • Great Color
          • Lightweight
          • Soft
          • Stylish
          • Versatile
          • Warm

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Violet Peruvian Alpaca Sweater:

            Looks good, feels good -- I love it!

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

            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Lovely but not as advertised

            By Globetrotter

            from Willow Lake, SD

            About Me Comfort-oriented, Practical

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Great Color

            Cons

            • Not Warm
            • Poor Fit
            • Small
            • Thin Fabric

            Best Uses

              Comments about Violet Peruvian Alpaca Sweater:

              It was very beautiful but only 40% alpaca and not warm. Also a bit itchy.

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

              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Gorgeous

              By Expat

              from Montana

              About Me Classic, Practical, Stylish

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Buttery Soft
              • Comfortable
              • Flattering
              • Great Color
              • Lightweight
              • Stylish
              • Warm

              Cons

              • Returned For Larger Size

              Best Uses

              • Going Out
              • Layering
              • Work

              Comments about Violet Peruvian Alpaca Sweater:

              Absolutely beautiful sweater lightweight & soft, yet warm. Looks great over a lacy cami. Sizing was off. Normally Med fits perfect to a little loose. I had to return this for a Large; now the sleeves are just a little long.

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

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Button on bust is not located correctly

              By Annaheim

              from Los Altos, Ca

              About Me Comfort-oriented

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Great Color
              • Soft
              • Stylish
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Poor Fit

              Best Uses

              • Going Out
              • Layering

              Comments about Violet Peruvian Alpaca Sweater:

              I love this sweater except for one really big flaw, the button that is right on th bust is not aligned correctly and it won't stay buttoned. This is not a matter of it being the wrong size. I can wear the sweater with a tank top and th top three buttons undone which still looks very nice, but it wasn't what I had in mind when I bought it. Also, the advertised price was not what I ended up paying for it, it was about $20 more expensive excluding shipping , tax and handling. However, even with all of those minuses, I still really like the sweater.

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

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Delighted !!

              By Merlie

              from Armstrong , BC

              About Me Classic, Comfort-oriented, Practical, Stylish

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Flattering
              • Great Color
              • Lightweight
              • Now my favourite
              • Soft

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Going Out

                Comments about Violet Peruvian Alpaca Sweater:

                I love clothing that is well designed and in well co-ordinated colours. This is definately one of those items.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Love Love Love it!

                By Petra

                from British Columbia, Canada

                About Me Classic, Comfort-oriented, Practical, Stylish, Trendy

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Flattering
                • Great Color
                • Soft
                • Warm

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Casual Wear
                  • Going Out

                  Comments about Violet Peruvian Alpaca Sweater:

                  Great sweater top. The colors are vibrant and I got a ton of compliments on it. I returned the first one I got because it fit's a bit big, I usually take medium but small in this top fit's perfect! The button's are gorgeous!

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

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