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Indigenous Artisans - Sweaters

 

Men's Casa del Moral Alpaca Sweater
Men's Casa del Moral Alpaca Sweater
(Based on 3 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Men's Clothing/Sweaters

In Arequipa, Peru, the Casa del Moral, which houses an art collection and library, draws visitors with its architecture that combines Inca and Spanish colonial influences. Its name comes from the mulberry tree that stands in the courtyard. Artisans in Arequipa adapt some of Casa del Moral’s architectural details into this jacquard-knit baby alpaca sweater in shades of sky blue, smoky gray, and marigold.


Available sizes: Medium, Large, XLarge, XXLarge
$149.00
$62.99
Men’s Bingham Silk and Alpaca Sweater
Men’s Bingham Silk and Alpaca Sweater
(Based on 2 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Men's Clothing/Sweaters

Knit by artisans in Arequipa, Peru, this pullover’s incredible softness comes from a blend of baby alpaca fiber and silk. The striped pattern and blue, brown, and gray hues are inspired by the terraced landscape of Machu Picchu. A local Quechua boy led Hiram Bingham to the site in 1911, and National Geographic research grantees explored and mapped the site over the next several years.


Available sizes: Medium, Large, XLarge, XXLarge
$159.00
Serbian Kilim Sweater
Serbian Kilim Sweater
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Category: Clothing/Men's Clothing/Sweaters

Serbian kilims are woven wool rugs traditionally used as floor and wall coverings, bedspreads, and curtains. The best kilims are like woven stories. Their colors and seemingly simple patterns represent things like tables, amulets, German boxes, French candies, lizards, and flowers. Artisans in Serbia translate these intricate patterns into a soft pullover sweater whose rich history is hidden in plain sight.


Available sizes: Medium, Large, XLarge
$229.00
Men's Irish Aran Turtleneck Sweater
Men's Irish Aran Turtleneck Sweater
(Based on 19 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Men's Clothing/Sweaters

The complex stitches of fishermen’s sweaters in Ireland’s Aran Islands have become a worldwide symbol of Irish culture. The stitches have come to represent auspicious wishes and elements of island life. The honeycomb stitch in this navy blue turtleneck represents the rewards of hard work, while the diamond stands for fishing nets, the key to success on the harsh North Atlantic.


Available colors: Charcoal, Natural, Navy
Available sizes: Medium, Large, XLarge, XXLarge
$149.00
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
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
Serbian Linen Floral Sweater
Serbian Linen Floral Sweater
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In the southern Serbian region of Vranje, near Macedonia, women’s folk costume is known for the metallic embroidery called smra that embellishes the short jacket called libada. Those motifs inspire the delicate lace-like openwork on the front of our lightweight pullover sweater. Embroidery adapted from traditional aprons decorates the front, sides, and cuffs, while the collar is outlined with ivory-colored lace.


Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge
$169.00
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
Men's Irish Sweater Vest
Men's Irish Sweater Vest
(Based on 5 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Men's Clothing/Sweaters

Since the 1900s, women on the Aran Islands off the western coast of Ireland have knit wool sweaters for their fisherman kin. Every knitter has her own special patterns, passed down through generations. This charcoal vest is a traditional layering piece, featuring classic cable stitches and resin buttons.


Available colors: Charcoal, Natural
Available sizes: Medium, Large, XLarge, XXLarge
$99.00
Jylland Pullover Sweater
Jylland Pullover Sweater
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Sparsely populated Jutland—Jylland in Danish—is the peninsula that forms mainland Denmark and includes the German state of Schleswig-Holstein. Farming and fishing were once the only major industries in this northern land, and our nautical-inspired Scandinavian sweater pays tribute to Jutland’s continuing connection to the seas that surround it as well as the peninsula’s shared Danish and German cultures. The black and white boatneck pullover is knit in Herning, a town in Northern Jutland, using cotton/acrylic blended yarn from Germany.


Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge
$179.00
Scottish Bird's-eye Sweater
Scottish Bird's-eye Sweater
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Many of the knitwear companies in Hawick can trace their history back to the late 1770s, when the first knitting machine was brought to this small town in the Scottish Borders. Hand-knitting traditions date back at least another 200 years. The Scottish company that makes this wool pullover is a relative newcomer at only 140 years old. The two-tone design features a bird’s-eye stitch for the body, with solid navy blue shoulders and elbow detail.


Available sizes: Medium, Large, XLarge
$199.00
Whitby Fisherman Sweater
Whitby Fisherman Sweater
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In the northern British Isles, thick wool pullovers known as guernseys kept fishermen warm and dry during long runs at sea. Villages came to be known for particular knitting patterns like this one, originally named for the Yorkshire port of Whitby. Whitby sailors also worked fishing seasons in the Scottish port of Peterhead, and the style is sometimes called Buchanhaven after Peterhead’s small local fishing village. This classic nautical sweater is knit in Peterhead, Scotland, using virgin wool raised and spun in Yorkshire.


Available colors: Natural, Navy
Available sizes: Medium, Large, XLarge
$179.00
$79.99
Irish Asymmetrical Cardigan
Irish Asymmetrical Cardigan
(Based on 15 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Women's Clothing/Sweaters

In a contemporary twist on traditional Irish Aran knitting, our natural ivory cardigan has an asymmetrical wrap style with a single button that creates a cowl-like neck. The textured wool sweaters of the Aran Islands have become a worldwide symbol of Irish culture. The patchwork of different stitches speaks to the ingenuity of generations of knitters.


Available colors: Blue, Natural
Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge, XXLarge
$149.00
$62.99
Magenta Peruvian Alpaca Sweater
Magenta Peruvian Alpaca Sweater
(Based on 14 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Women's Clothing/Sweaters
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.
Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge
$189.00
$69.99
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
Cusco Alpaca Cardigan
Cusco Alpaca Cardigan
(Based on 7 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Women's Clothing/Sweaters

La Compania church in Cusco, Peru, is one of the most breathtaking examples of colonial baroque architecture in the Americas, and its ornate facade was the inspiration for the fuchsia and magenta patterns on our alpaca wool cardigan. The lightweight and naturally insulating alpaca fiber makes it a perfect layer for cool weather.


Available colors: Blue, Fuchsia
Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge, XXLarge
$169.00
Serbian Floral Cotton Cardigan
Serbian Floral Cotton Cardigan
(Based on 1 review)
Category: Clothing/Women's Clothing/Sweaters

Artisans in both Belgrade and Blace, Serbia, make our cotton cardigan with allover floral patterns inspired by the embroidered skirts and aprons (called pregace) of Serbian folk costume. It was not uncommon for women in rural villages to wear traditional dress every day as recently as the 1980s.


Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge
$175.00
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