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Traditional Alpaca Sweater

Men's Grecas Alpaca Sweater
Men's Grecas Alpaca Sweater
(Based on 11 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
Tiwanaku Textiles Alpaca Sweater
Tiwanaku Textiles Alpaca Sweater
(Based on 14 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
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
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
Aster Alpaca Sweater
Aster Alpaca Sweater
(Based on 7 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
Bolivian Stained-glass Alpaca Sweater
Bolivian Stained-glass Alpaca Sweater
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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
Women's Cerro de Potosi Alpaca Sweater
Women's Cerro de Potosi Alpaca Sweater
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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
Peruvian Terrace Alpaca Sweater
Peruvian Terrace Alpaca Sweater
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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
Andean Blossom Alpaca Sweater
Andean Blossom Alpaca Sweater
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For more than 6,000 years, quinoa has been an essential crop in the high altitudes of the Andes—so important that the Inca emperor would sow the first seeds each year using golden tools. The quinoa's flowers are visible across the Altiplano during the growing season and are the inspiration for the pattern on this hand-knit cardigan. Eight distinct shades of 100% alpaca yarn are used to create a field of colorful maroon, blue, and white blossoms on a field of swirling vines. High-loft alpaca fiber has a long Andean history, prized for its softness, lightness, and warmth.
Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge, XXLarge
$189.00
Aymara Alpaca Sweater
Aymara Alpaca Sweater
(Based on 7 reviews)
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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
Guarani Alpaca Cardigan
Guarani Alpaca Cardigan
(Based on 5 reviews)
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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
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
Flora Roja Alpaca Cardigan
Flora Roja Alpaca Cardigan
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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
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
Huayño Alpaca Cardigan
Huayño Alpaca Cardigan
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Huayño is Peru’s most popular musical genre, blending rural folk with urban dance rhythms and themes of love, hardship, and longing for home that fans of American country music would recognize. The music and its dances have roots in the Inca Empire. Traditional huayño dancers wear heavily embroidered skirts and sashes, and these are the inspiration for our soft red baby alpaca cardigan, embellished with pima cotton embroidery in shades of goldenrod, dark blue, and sage. Hidden hook-and-eye closures.


Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge
$179.00
$76.99