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Designer Alpaca Sweaters

 

Men's Blue Night Alpaca Sweater
Men's Blue Night Alpaca Sweater
(Based on 6 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Men's Clothing/Sweaters

In traditional Aymara textiles, patterns like the ones on this alpaca sweater represented khunu, or snowfall, against the dark night sky. Artisans working in a Bolivian workshop hand-loom this pullover using superfine alpaca yarn in five different colors to represent the stars, sky, and fields on a winter night.


Available sizes: Medium, Large, XLarge, XXLarge
$189.00
$79.99
Men's Grecas Alpaca Sweater
Men's Grecas Alpaca Sweater
(Based on 10 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Men's Clothing/Sweaters
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.
Available sizes: Medium, Large, XLarge, XXLarge
$189.00
Aster Alpaca Sweater
Aster Alpaca Sweater
(Based on 5 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Women's Clothing/Sweaters

In the Andean Altiplano of Peru, artisans have been knitting with soft, lightweight alpaca fiber for centuries. Aymara and Quechua artisans in Peru use an alpaca blend to create a dark brown cardigan with a blue and turquoise pattern of asters flowing from the hem and sleeves. A single bloom graces the back of the sweater. Made entirely on hand looms, the sweater is embellished with hand-knit scalloping at the cuffs and hem, and hand-painted ceramic buttons. Light, soft, easily packable, and wrinkle resistant.


Available colors: Blue, Pink
Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge
$199.00
$69.99
Tiwanaku Textiles Alpaca Sweater
Tiwanaku Textiles Alpaca Sweater
(Based on 12 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Men's Clothing/Sweaters
In the Bolivian high plains, amid the snowcapped Andes, the pre-Inca Tiwanaku culture thrived for more than 500 years. So far only a fraction of the civilization's ruins have been excavated, yet it has yielded some of the earliest and more remarkably well-preserved textiles found in the Americas. Their art features highly abstracted figures, that originally expressed real places, animals, or cultural events but over time became icons with symbolic meaning. The high degree of abstraction in the art of Tiwanaku has inspired several art historians to compare their art to modern abstract movements, including Cubism. The intricate, interlocked geometric patterns on this alpaca fiber sweater are adapted from woven Tiwanaku tunics made around 500 A.D.
Available sizes: Medium, Large, XLarge, XXLarge
$178.00
$90.99
Peruvian Ombré Alpaca Sweater
Peruvian Ombré Alpaca Sweater
(Based on 13 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Women's Clothing/Sweaters

Lightweight, warm, and naturally water-resistant alpaca wool has been used for centuries on the Peruvian Altiplano. Here, hand-dyed alpaca is embroidered with baroque motifs inspired by the architecture of Peru’s Jesuit churches. The purple ombré pattern fades from dark to light purple. Hidden front zipper.


Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge, XXLarge
$169.00
$89.99
Aymara Alpaca Sweater
Aymara Alpaca Sweater
(Based on 7 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Women's Clothing/Sweaters
Indigenous Aymara and Quechua people have raised alpacas for centuries in the high-altitude, windswept Peruvian plains. Its extreme warmth, light weight, and natural resistance to water make alpaca wool an ideal fabric for the frigid winters of the Andean Altiplano. This turquoise-hued cardigan is made by Aymara and Quechua women working in Peru, and features bands of traditional Peruvian textile patterns. With a soft drape and hidden zipper, it combines the travel-friendly qualities of alpaca with a flattering cut.
Available colors: Fuchsia, Turquoise
Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge
$189.00
$69.99
Bolivian Stained-glass Alpaca Sweater
Bolivian Stained-glass Alpaca Sweater
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Category: Clothing/Men's Clothing/Sweaters

Stained glass, vitrales in Spanish, is an important part of barocco mestizo style, the blend of Spanish and indigenous architecture found throughout Bolivia. Congregations that couldn’t afford true stained glass would mimic it with paint. The hand-shaped leaded outlines of these intricate windows are the inspiration for the pattern on our gray-green 100% alpaca crewneck sweater.


Available sizes: Medium, Large, XLarge
$179.00
$119.99
Peruvian Terrace Alpaca Sweater
Peruvian Terrace Alpaca Sweater
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Category: Clothing/Men's Clothing/Sweaters

Terrace farming has been part of the Peruvian landscape since at least 900 b.c. It makes even the steep Andes farmable, which, scholars agree, contributed to the success of pre-Inca civilizations like the Chavín, Moche, and Huari. This ancient striped landscape of rock, soil, and crops is the inspiration behind our textured sweater.


Available sizes: Medium, Large, XLarge
$179.00
Women's Cerro de Potosi Alpaca Sweater
Women's Cerro de Potosi Alpaca Sweater
(Based on 1 review)
Category: Clothing/Women's Clothing/Sweaters

Women in the Potosí region of southern Bolivia typically wear shawls called iliqlla, and according to tradition the pattern identifies the wearer's community. The zig-zagging design of this alpaca cardigan is inspired by these woven shawls, as well as the colors of Andean sky over Cerro de Potosí, a mountain that has yielded rich mines of silver ore since the Spanish conquest.


Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge
$189.00
Chiquitos Alpaca Cardigan
Chiquitos Alpaca Cardigan
(Based on 7 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Women's Clothing/Sweaters
Eighteenth-century churches dot the region of Chiquitos in Bolivia's eastern rain savanna, and motifs found on furniture and paintings at San Jose de Chiquitos were the inspiration for this superfine alpaca sweater. The blend of 15 colors is reminiscent of local stained glass and wrought ironwork.
Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge, XXLarge
$179.00
Intipata Alpaca Crew-Neck Sweater
Intipata Alpaca Crew-Neck Sweater
(Based on 4 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Men's Clothing/Sweaters

The trail to Machu Picchu is lined with smaller Inca ruins, many of which include massive agricultural terraces built with stones. The blue, gray, and brown stripes of our soft alpaca sweater are inspired by this impressive architecture, found at sites like Wiñay Wayna and the recently uncovered Intipata.


Available sizes: Medium, Large, XLarge
$159.00
$69.99
Guarani Alpaca Cardigan
Guarani Alpaca Cardigan
(Based on 4 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Women's Clothing/Sweaters

The Guaraní people are an indigenous cultural group who live in Paraguay and parts of Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, and Bolivia. Before European contact, the seminomadic culture didn’t have a written language. The pattern on this lightweight alpaca cardigan is taken from a pictogram for water found on textiles in the Guaraní Museum of Bolivia. The 3/4-sleeve design features a hand-crocheted border and resin buttons.


Available colors: Blue, Ecru, Violet
Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge, XXLarge
$149.00
Kantuta Flower Alpaca Cardigan
Kantuta Flower Alpaca Cardigan
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The kantuta is the national flower of Peru. It grows in the tropical yunga forests in the eastern valleys of the Andes. Designs inspired by the kantuta cover this soft alpaca-blend cardigan in two shades of denim blue on a black background. Features a high neck with ruching detail and an invisible zipper.


Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge
$179.00
Men's Grecas Alpaca Cardigan
Men's Grecas Alpaca Cardigan
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Indigenous Bolivian craftsman translate grecas—repeating geometric patterns—from the traditional garments of the Tarabuco region in this zip-front cardigan. 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. Features two patch pockets.


Available sizes: Medium, Large, XLarge
$178.00
$129.99
Jungle's Eyebrow Alpaca Cardigan Sweater
Jungle's Eyebrow Alpaca Cardigan Sweater
(Based on 5 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Women's Clothing/Sweaters

A highlight of the trek to Machu Picchu is entering the dense, humid ceja de selva, the “jungle’s eyebrow,” just before entering the 15th-century Inca site. Our alpaca sweater features designs inspired by the flora found in this lush landscape, including orchids, bamboo, and the pisonay tree, considered sacred by the Inca. Hand-embroidered details and knit buttons are stitched in pima cotton.


Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge
$189.00
$76.99
Flora Roja Alpaca Cardigan
Flora Roja Alpaca Cardigan
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Category: Clothing/Women's Clothing/Sweaters
Combining Inca and Spanish design, Peruvian artisans hand-loom this bold black and red sweater using pure alpaca wool. Baroque Spanish florals mix with geometric Inca patterns, all embellished with hand-embroidered accents. Alpaca wool has kept people warm in the Andes for centuries with its lightweight, insulating fibers. The long, relaxed-fit cardigan has a zip front.
Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge
$169.00
$69.99
Night Sky Peruvian Alpaca Poncho
Night Sky Peruvian Alpaca Poncho
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As soft as it is elegant, this modern black poncho from the Peruvian designer Jorge Molina invites you to experience “the elements that meet under the Andean sky.” With bold horizontal pleats, this poncho feels right for the boulevards of Lima and the stark openness of mountains villages. Wear it like a traditional poncho, or adjust the V opening to your back, and the poncho softly drapes off the shoulders just like a shawl.


$250.00
Peruvian Blue Flyaway Cardigan
Peruvian Blue Flyaway Cardigan
(Based on 7 reviews)
Category: Sale Products

“High-dwelling companions of the puffy white clouds” is how a 1946 National Geographic article describes the alpaca, a domesticated animal that has provided wool to Quechua Indians for thousands of years. Alpaca wool is warm, lightweight, and easily sheds rain and snow, making it an ideal fiber for the windswept Andes. This alpaca-blend cardigan features patterns inspired by the embroidered hems of Peruvian women’s skirts. Single-button closure. Fine-gauge alpaca blend.


Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge
$169.00
$34.99