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Magenta 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.

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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Peruvian Alpaca Sweater
 
3.8

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great color (13)
  • Lightweight (11)
  • Soft (10)
  • Warm (10)
  • Stylish (9)

Cons

  • Poor fit (4)

Best Uses

  • Casual wear (8)
  • Cold / extreme (6)
  • Going out (4)
  • Layering (4)
  • Travel (3)
    • Chest Size:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      55% 

      (6 reviews)

      Feels too big

       
    • Sleeve Length:
    • Feels too short

       

      Feels true to length

       

      91% 

      (10 reviews)

      Feels too long

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Comfort-oriented (7), Stylish (6), Classic style (5), Practical (5), High-end shopper (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (9), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

exquisite, lightweight cardigan

This is a beautiful sweater. It feels and looks expensive and distinctive, yet is classic and will provide a lifetime of enjoyable wear. For Texas' climate this is a perfect weight for a ...Read complete review

This is a beautiful sweater. It feels and looks expensive and distinctive, yet is classic and will provide a lifetime of enjoyable wear. For Texas' climate this is a perfect weight for a jacket indoors or out. Also, could be worn alone over a cami or t-shirt as a pullover. Hubby surprised me with this gift and I am thrilled. This is my second lovely sweater from Nat.Geo. and we will continue to shop here.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Beautiful but not alpaca

I was disappointed by it. It was small and not really warm. Way over-priced. Only 40% alpaca, not 100% as implied.

I was disappointed by it. It was small and not really warm. Way over-priced. Only 40% alpaca, not 100% as implied.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great colors

By scoop

from Chicago, IL

About Me Comfort-oriented

Pros

  • Great Color
  • Lightweight
  • Soft

Cons

  • Poor Fit

Best Uses

  • Casual Wear
  • Layering

Comments about Peruvian Alpaca Sweater:

I prefer my sweaters a touch longer than this one is. Also it is a little tighter than other size mediums I purchase. Other than that, it is a beautiful, soft sweater that goes with a lot of other clothes.

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

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

What Can I Say? - It's my second one

By Picklet

from New Zealand.

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

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Fabric Pills

Best Uses

  • Casual Wear
  • Cold Weather
  • Layering

Comments about Peruvian Alpaca Sweater:

It does pill, but I love it so much that I had to order a second one, for when the one I have gets too raggedy.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

beautiful sweater

By travelbug

from Montana

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Great Color
  • Lightweight
  • Stylish
  • Warm

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Peruvian Alpaca Sweater:

      Sales are the best bargain I know about. Had many compliments on this sweater.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Beautiful but not alpaca

      By Globetrotter

      from Willow Lake, SD

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Color
      • Lightweight
      • Soft

      Cons

      • Not Warm
      • Only 40 Alpaca
      • Poor Fit
      • Returned It
      • Small

      Best Uses

        Comments about Peruvian Alpaca Sweater:

        I was disappointed by it. It was small and not really warm. Way over-priced. Only 40% alpaca, not 100% as implied.

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

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Get compliments for the lovely colours.

        By consumerreviewer

        from Australia

        About Me Classic, Comfort-oriented

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Too Short

        Best Uses

        • Casual Wear
        • Cold Weather
        • Going Out

        Comments about Peruvian Alpaca Sweater:

        Had to put a safety pin in to stop the front gaping over my bust when I sit down.

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

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Wow, absolutely BEAUTIFUL

        By Picklet

        from New Zealand.

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

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Peruvian Alpaca Sweater:

          Just what is needed in the middle of winter: the most beautiful, happy colours, without looking kitsch.

          I have found the colours just the way I hoped they would be, after seeing them on my monitor.

          Being alpaca it is soft, lightweight, and just the right amount of warmth.

          Makes me feel special, love it to bits

          • 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

          Great quality , beautiful sweater

          By Michael

          from Oakland, CA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Peruvian Alpaca Sweater:

              I purchased thsi sweater for my mother and she was thrilled by the beauty and quality of this sweater.

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

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              color not as on computer

              By none

              from Paris Texas

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Peruvian Alpaca Sweater:

                    it is light purple in the front panel and not blue as seen on the computer

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Beautiful Alpaca Sweater

                    By San Jose Customer

                    from San Jose, CA

                    About Me Comfort-oriented, Practical, Stylish

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Great Color
                    • Soft
                    • Warm

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Casual Wear
                      • Layering
                      • Work

                      Comments about Peruvian Alpaca Sweater:

                      Bought this sweater for my daughter; she loves it.

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

                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      dont judge a book by its cover

                      By TD

                      from Florida

                      About Me Classic, Comfort-oriented

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Great Color
                      • Lightweight
                      • Stylish
                      • Warm

                      Cons

                      • Poor Fit

                      Best Uses

                      • Casual Wear
                      • Cold Weather
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Peruvian Alpaca Sweater:

                      it was a beautiful sweater and very stylish. It simply didn't fit. The sizes may be smaller than you are used to. They are for me.I had to return it sadly because I have wanted one of these for years.ALSO SCRATCHY LIKE WOOL

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

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