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Bolivian Alpaca Sweater

Price: $169.00

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In the Bolivian Andes, talented artisans spin alpaca fiber into a soft and durable yarn, and through their weaving, translate their traditional ancient patterns into contemporary style. The bright earth tones and patterns of this particularly soft and breathable three-season sweater are adapted from a 3,000-year-old fabric. Entirely handmade in Bolivia of pure alpaca wool.

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

Hand wash or dry clean only.

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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Bolivian Alpaca Sweater
 
4.2

(based on 6 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Soft (6)
  • Comfortable (4)
  • Great color (4)
  • Lightweight (4)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

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

         

        Feels true to size

         

        100% 

        (6 reviews)

        Feels too big

         
      • Sleeve Length:
      • Feels too short

         

        Feels true to length

         

        100% 

        (6 reviews)

        Feels too long

         
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Practical (4), Classic style (3), Comfort-oriented (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (4)

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    3.0

    Muted colors!

    By Gonzo

    from New York

    About Me Classic, High-end shopper, Stylish

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Soft
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Colors Too Muted

    Best Uses

    • Casual Wear
    • Going Out

    Comments about Bolivian Alpaca Sweater:

    Expected the colors in the picture of the sweater to match what I ordered - unfortunately this was not the case.

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

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very Nice....

    By R. Dann

    from Hotchkiss, CO

    About Me Comfort-oriented, Practical

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Great Color
    • Soft
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Casual Wear
      • Cold Weather
      • Going Out

      Comments about Bolivian Alpaca Sweater:

      Sweater does not itch. Perfect for various weather conditions.

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

      (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Color is not as shown

      By The color enthusiast

      from Georgia

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Soft

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Bolivian Alpaca Sweater:

          The sweater was soft as described and seemed to be well made. Beware: it is NOT at all the bright colors as shown in catalog or online. The colors are muted and dull. Not bad color but certainly not what I thought I was getting.

          • 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

          Very soft and warm sweater.

          By Maria Elena

          from Ann Arbor, MI

          About Me Comfort-oriented, Practical

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Elegant
          • Great Color
          • Lightweight
          • Soft
          • Warm

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Cold Weather
            • Going Out
            • Travel
            • Work

            Comments about Bolivian Alpaca Sweater:

            Colors are subdued which makes for a sweater that can be worn for casual wear as well as for more formal occasions.

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

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Picture does not disappoint

            By Rory Reddeer

            from New Brunswick, Canada

            About Me Classic, Practical

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Casual Wear
              • Cold Weather
              • Going Out

              Comments about Bolivian Alpaca Sweater:

              Makes excellent Sunday-going-to-church wear in cool weather.
              The softness of the wool is a plus when in contact with skin.

              • 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

              wonderfully bright colors with soft yarn

              By lil iodine

              from las vegas, nv

              About Me Classic, Comfort-oriented, Practical, Stylish

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Great Color
              • Light and airy
              • Lightweight
              • Soft
              • Stylish
              • Warm
              • Well fitting
              • Wonderful colors
              • You want to keep touching

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Bolivian Alpaca Sweater:

                bought as a gift, looks and feels wonderful on my husband. best of all he loves this sweater

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

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