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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
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
Indonesian Tie-Dye Fireworks Shirt
Indonesian Tie-Dye Fireworks Shirt
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Textile artisans in Bali’s capital of Denpasar create this lively, textured-look design by first hand-painting and then hand-dyeing black cotton fabric. After each color of dye is applied, the long-sleeved is dried in the Indonesian sun. Afterward, beaded accents are added by hand.


Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge
$78.00
$29.99
Lightweight Nepalese Travel Jacket
Lightweight Nepalese Travel Jacket
(Based on 6 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Women's Clothing/Jackets and Vests

Artisans working in Kathmandu, Nepal, use a traditional quilting technique called "trapunto" to add the detailing at the shoulders and yoke of this jacket. In trapunto, decorative patterns are sewn with lightweight batting to add texture without bulk. The artisans who make this jacket create the pattern freehand as they guide the garment through a treadle-operated sewing machine. Light enough to wear as a shirt or a jacket, it multiplies your travel wardrobe and helps you pack light. Hip length, with side welt pockets, turn-back cuffs, flattering princess seams, and an adjustable tie back.


Available colors: Black, Natural
Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge, XXLarge
$115.00
Peacock Reversible Quilted Jacket
Peacock Reversible Quilted Jacket
(Based on 4 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Women's Clothing/Jackets and Vests

Indian textile traditions date back more than four millennia. Here, artisans carefully screen-print lengths of cotton with a floral pattern. The cloth is dried in the Jodhpur sun before being transformed into this lightly quilted jacket. Hand-dyed and hand-printed in India in the rich turquoise and blue hues of the peacock, the country’s national bird. Button front. Reverses to solid blue (no pockets on the blue side).


Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge
$115.00
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
Ciudad Blanca Cardigan
Ciudad Blanca Cardigan
(Based on 4 reviews)
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The Peruvian city of Arequipa is known as La Ciudad Blanca, The White City, due to its colonial-era buildings made from volcanic rock. This UNESCO World Heritage site is also a capital of alpaca wool production. Artisans in Arequipa knit our richly patterned, thigh-length cardigan using a jacquard loom and dozens of warm shades of soft baby alpaca wool. Single button closure at the top. Unlined. 100% baby alpaca.


Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge, XXLarge
$149.00
$48.99
Puno Shawl-collar Alpaca Sweater
Puno Shawl-collar Alpaca Sweater
(Based on 1 review)
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Artisans knit and embroider this soft alpaca sweater with the baroque architecture of Puno, Peru, as inspiration. Puno’s nickname is the “folkloric capital of Peru” because of its many festivals, complete with indigenous costumes and lively dances. This cardigan fades from light to dark purple and has a hidden zip and round shawl collar.


Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge, XXLarge
$219.00
$69.99
Indonesian Batik Reversible Jacket
Indonesian Batik Reversible Jacket
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Under the Balinese sun, artisans decorate lengths of fabric using a traditional batik technique developed in the coastal town of Lasem on the neighboring island of Java. Lasem is known for centuries of cross-cultural exchange and immigration with China, and bright red colors are typical of Lasem batik, as seen in this reversible jacket. Lightly quilted and fully finished with pockets and frog closures on both sides. Reverses to a rich aubergine (see online). Golden batik-dyed floral patterns grace both sides. Please accept slight variations due to the nature of the dyeing process.


Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge, XXLarge
$119.00
$69.99
Silvia Hooded Alpaca Vest
Silvia Hooded Alpaca Vest
(Based on 1 review)
Category: Clothing/Women's Clothing/Jackets and Vests

In Charazani, on Bolivia’s western border, there are only two seasons - wet and dry. During the wet season the people harvest flowers and plants that they dry to be used in rain ceremonies through the arid season. The drying process changes the flowers’ colors, with some remaining bright and some fading. These floral hues, along with historic Charazani textiles, inspire the design of this hooded vest. Zip front. Aymara artisans working in La Paz, Bolivia, hand-loom this unique piece using 100% alpaca fiber.


Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge, XXLarge
$159.00
$48.99
Batik Butterfly Tunic
Batik Butterfly Tunic
(Based on 2 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Women's Clothing/Shirts

Artisans in India mimic traditional embroidery patterns by using wax-resist batik to create an ivory-hued design along the neckline, hem, and sleeves of this cotton-knit tunic. Butterflies also decorate the navy and turquoise tie-dyed background. Clear sequins add sparkle to a casual split-V-neck, 3/4-sleeve design.


Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge
$39.00
$11.99
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
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
Bamako Handspun Cotton Reversible Jacket
Bamako Handspun Cotton Reversible Jacket
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Mali, in western Africa, is the largest cotton producing country in Sub-Saharan Africa, and one of the world's poorest countries. But artisans—especially women cloth dyers—have helped make their culture's famous cotton cloth into a worldwide commodity, bringing much-needed income to this unstable nation.


Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge
$115.00
Black Bandhani Shell
Black Bandhani Shell
(Based on 3 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Women's Clothing/Shirts

Textile arts flourish in the rural villages of western India’s Thar Desert: Wide swaths of hand-block-printed fabrics are laid in the sun to dry. Women in Rajasthan create multicolored fabric mosaics using embroidery and appliqué. And artisans throughout the desert region practice bandhani, a deceptively simple tie-dyeing technique. Intricate patterns are created by wrapping the fabric with string before dyeing it. Bandhani cloth is often used for women’s shawls, but here the technique is adapted for a silky collection of travel-ready garments that drape beautifully and multiply your travel wardrobe.


Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge, XXLarge
$39.00
Black Bandhani Dress
Black Bandhani Dress
(Based on 7 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Women's Clothing/Shirts

Textile arts flourish in the rural villages of western India’s Thar Desert: Wide swaths of hand-block-printed fabrics are laid in the sun to dry. Women in Rajasthan create multicolored fabric mosaics using embroidery and appliqué. And artisans throughout the desert region practice bandhani, a deceptively simple tie-dyeing technique. Intricate patterns are created by wrapping the fabric with string before dyeing it. Bandhani cloth is often used for women’s shawls, but here the technique is adapted for a silky collection of travel-ready garments that drape beautifully and multiply your travel wardrobe.


Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge
$69.00
Jodphur Blue Tunic
Jodphur Blue Tunic
(Based on 9 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Women's Clothing/Shirts

Our breezy cotton voile tunic is inspired by the indigo-painted rooftops found in Jodhpur, India, near the Mehrangarh Fort. The collar, hem, and cuffs are decorated with delicate, hand-embroidered floral patterns. The style is known in India as a kurta, and features a split V-neck and 3/4-length sleeves.


Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge
$48.00
Silk Sari Patch Jacket
Silk Sari Patch Jacket
(Based on 8 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Women's Clothing/Jackets and Vests

Vibrant patches of silk sari fabric are assembled in this one-of-a-kind, reversible jacket. Crafted in Gujarat, in western India, where a double-ikat style of weaving called patola is a specialty of local artisans. The jacket’s shaping comes from a layer of lightweight quilting. Sari patches will vary; reverses to solid red.


Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge
$109.00
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
Quilted Paisley Jacket
Quilted Paisley Jacket
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The Persian pattern we know as paisley first made its way to Europe as Kashmiri shawls, brought by Silk Road traders in the 1700s. Here the pattern decorates a lightly quilted jacket that is embellished by hand with rickrack trim and diminutive metallic studs. Created using a traditional Gujarati print, bindi lace, and rangoli designs. Hand-embroidered and -beaded. Made in India of cotton hand-printed with natural dyes.


Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge
$149.00
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
Indonesian Sunflower Applique Shirt
Indonesian Sunflower Applique Shirt
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In Denpasar, the capital of the Indonesian island of Bali, textile artisans adapt traditional techniques like batik and beading to contemporary styles. This long-sleeved turquoise shirt features stamped floral designs with appliquéd ribbons and hand-beaded accents.


Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge
$78.00
Indian Rainbow Paisley Jacket
Indian Rainbow Paisley Jacket
(Based on 4 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Women's Clothing/Jackets and Vests

Gurgaon is one of India’s fastest growing cities, but family-run craft studios still flourish amid the international businesses that are fueling the economic boom. Our colorful, lightweight jacket is made in one of these studios. Tie-dyed by hand, each jacket is unique, with hand-embroidered paisley patterns on the front and one large paisley motif on the back. Paisley patterns, based on a stylized mango leaf, have been popular ever since merchant sea captains began bringing Indian textiles back to Europe and the U.S. in the 1700s. Two front patch pockets, fully lined.


Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge
$99.00
$28.99
Black Bandhani Jacket
Black Bandhani Jacket
(Based on 4 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Women's Clothing/Jackets and Vests

Textile arts flourish in the rural villages of western India’s Thar Desert: Wide swaths of hand-block-printed fabrics are laid in the sun to dry. Women in Rajasthan create multicolored fabric mosaics using embroidery and appliqué. And artisans throughout the desert region practice bandhani, a deceptively simple tie-dyeing technique. Intricate patterns are created by wrapping the fabric with string before dyeing it. Bandhani cloth is often used for women’s shawls, but here the technique is adapted for a silky collection of travel-ready garments that drape beautifully and multiply your travel wardrobe.


Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge, XXLarge
$59.00
Embroidered Miao Linen Jacket
Embroidered Miao Linen Jacket
(Based on 2 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Women's Clothing/Jackets and Vests

This chocolate-brown jacket is inspired by those worn by Chinese officials in the early 20th century, but in a more relaxed cut. A length of traditional Miao embroidery adorns the placket. The Miao are China’s largest minority group, and are known for their more embellished clothing often depicting flowers and animals. Linen/poly blend with poly lining and micro-suede accents. Frog button closures. Slightly padded shoulders for structure.


Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge
$99.00
$24.99
Lily of The Incas Button-Front Chambray Blouse
Lily of The Incas Button-Front Chambray Blouse
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The colorful genus of flowers known as lily of the Incas was the inspiration for the hand-embroidered design of this organic cotton chambray blouse. Peruvian artisans hand-stitch a handful of petite flowers along with a wealth of soutache embroidery and crochet lace details at the bust and cuffs. Button-and-loop closures and a V-neck collar, along with comfortable stretch-knit vertical side panels, make this blouse perfect for work or weekends.


Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge
$69.00
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
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
Himalayan Embroidered Silk Jacket
Himalayan Embroidered Silk Jacket
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It’s a tough hours-long hike to India’s Valley of Flowers National Park, and acclimating to the 11,000-14,000-foot altitude takes days. But the effort is worth it for an otherworldly glimpse of alpine meadows thickly blanketed in native flowers. Fortunately our Himalayan Embroidered Silk Jacket requires no such arduous journey to appreciate its heavily embroidered fields of flowers. The front, sleeves, and lower back of this silk jacket are covered with sumptuous embroidery in a chain-stitch style.


Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge
$179.00