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Bolivian Macramé Alpaca Shawl

$89.00 Sale Price:   $34.99

Price: $89.00 Sale Price:   $34.99

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Alpaca wool was originally reserved for Inca royalty because of its incredible softness and warmth. Today, a group of native artisans weaves this smooth, ample alpaca shawl using rustic hand looms and the same methods as their ancestors. The flowing, silky macramé fringe is knotted by hand in the tradition of the sophisticated wraps worn by indigenous Bolivian women.

100% alpaca wool with rayon fringe. Hand-loomed in Bolivia. 24"W x 70"L.

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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Bolivian Macramé Alpaca Shawl
 
4.8

(based on 13 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Warm (3)

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        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (5)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      More beautiful than expected

      This shawl is one of the most beautiful shawls I have even purchased.

      The fine details in the craft of the shawl are not visible in the photo. The color is...Read complete review

      This shawl is one of the most beautiful shawls I have even purchased.

      The fine details in the craft of the shawl are not visible in the photo. The color is a deep red, with beautiful stitching, and soft flowing fringes and an increased level of style.

      Nicely presented in its own package, this is a must.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Beautiful design but itchy material

      The design and color of the wrap is very beautiful. But the wool is not very soft and itchy. When I tried to wrap the shawl around my neck, it was uncomfortably itchy.

      The design and color of the wrap is very beautiful. But the wool is not very soft and itchy. When I tried to wrap the shawl around my neck, it was uncomfortably itchy.

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      5.0

      Very nice

      By Babycakes

      from Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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            Comments about Bolivian Macramé Alpaca Shawl:

            Very nice quality and warm enough for chilly evenings. Used it as a cover on the plane, was great.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Awesome shawl

            By kea the crafter

            from Fine New York

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Soft Warm Cuddley

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Bolivian Macramé Alpaca Shawl:

                I use it for when I am dressed up. It is very well made. I like having the storage bag.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Lux warmth!

                By Peeps

                from LI, NY

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • High Quality
                • Stylish

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Scarf
                  • Shawl

                  Comments about Bolivian Macramé Alpaca Shawl:

                  I purchased this shawl on sale - which will be a gift to one of my friends next holiday season. Too bad I have to wait. It is beautifully made. The fabric is a soft, rich red (flattering for most). The macrame edging is amazing with stylishly fun "tassles."
                  This shawl has the potential to really dress up any outfit - while adding an extra layer of soft warmth. I'm becoming a big fan of alpaca!
                  I love that it's not a mass produced item, but rather made by local artisans in Boliva from a natural fiber.
                  Very cool gift to yourself or others. Would be great to see in a variety of colors.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  Alpaca shawl

                  By glowing7

                  from Lorton, Va

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                        Comments about Bolivian Macramé Alpaca Shawl:

                        Arrives in a nice garment bag to keep item clean. Macramé work was very high quality.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes
                         
                        5.0

                        A Thing of Beauty is a Joy forever (J K

                        By Cath the museologist

                        from Quebec , Canada

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                              Comments about Bolivian Macramé Alpaca Shawl:

                              I used it with my best dress to go out
                              I must buy a «little black dress» again to truely display this splendour
                              It is warm but just enough And so soft!
                              And the macrame is simply beauty-full (!)
                              Color: a bit dark Makes you look a bit older
                              would like it to tend toward flaminco red more than burgundy red Would be younger more alive color
                              All in all? «A thing of Beauty»! Nothing less

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Perfect in every way

                              By CherylAnn

                              from rural PA, USA

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • BEAUTIFUL
                              • Lightweight
                              • Warm

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Instead of a sweater

                                Comments about Bolivian Macramé Alpaca Shawl:

                                I love this wrap or shawl! It is great instead of a sweater or light jacket. The red is deep and lovely as opposed to bright or too orangey. It is well made and travels well....can easily dress up a plain outfit, too!

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

                                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Unexpected beauty

                                By Katy for Causes

                                from Geneva, IL

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Workmanship

                                Cons

                                • Not For Hotter Seasons

                                Best Uses

                                • Unexpected Beauty

                                Comments about Bolivian Macramé Alpaca Shawl:

                                I purchased this item for myself. The photo doesn't do justice to the beauty and workmanship of the shaw. It's unlike any that I've seen in my social circles. Most want to touch it. The macrame and tassle ends are striking. The shaw conveniently stays where you put it, not constantly sliding. The weight of the finished ends hangs with purpose - well worth the price. I do wish it came in another color choice or two to wear in other seasons.

                                (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Stunning in Person!

                                By Vesper Fawkes

                                from San Francisco, CA

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Beautiful craftsmanship
                                • Great for Traveling
                                • Nice long length
                                • Nice wide width
                                • Soft
                                • Versatile
                                • Warm
                                • Well Made

                                Cons

                                • Dry clean only

                                Best Uses

                                • Day out
                                • Evening out
                                • Great for traveling
                                • Head wrap
                                • Sash
                                • Scarf
                                • Wrap

                                Comments about Bolivian Macramé Alpaca Shawl:

                                I'd been looking for a beautiful artisan red scarf/wrap for a long time. When saw this one in the NG catalog from Boliva I immediately purchased it. When I opened the box it took my breathe away, it was absolutely stunning in person! The red color is more of a burnt deep red- just lovely. The craftsmanship is exquisite with it's chevron weaving and silky complicated macraméd fringe. The texture of the alpaca wool is soft, warm and hearty for a life time of use. I've purchased many alpaca wool textiles from South America & have never been let down. This scarf/wrap is flawless & so versatile as a scarf, a wrap, a head wrap or a sash. It's also versatile enough to go from day wear to evening wear. A hearty staple in any womans wardrobe. Husbands, if you're reading this, this would make for an excellent gift for the special woman in your life- guaranteed!

                                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Stunning!

                                By Karen

                                from Austin, TX

                                Verified Buyer

                                Comments about Bolivian Macramé Alpaca Shawl:

                                This is a beautiful shawl and it is very well made.

                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Brilliant!

                                By Serendipitous Sarah

                                from British Columbia, Canada

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • beautifully finished
                                • Compliment magnet
                                • Drapes beautifully
                                • Finest quality
                                • Heirloom quality
                                • Reasonably Priced
                                • Warm

                                Cons

                                • none

                                Best Uses

                                • Dress up any outfit
                                • Flexible warmth

                                Comments about Bolivian Macramé Alpaca Shawl:

                                I use this product for warmth in unpredictably heated buildings and in cooler climates. I use it to add a dressy touch to simple clothing. I love it!

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