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Alpaca Altiplano Scarf

$75.00

Price: $75.00

Item#:1073350

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Artisans in La Paz, Bolivia, chose the rich shades of superfine alpaca wool in this scarf to serve as a reminder of the Altiplano's summer colors during the cold Andean winters. Alpaca wool was once reserved exclusively for Inca royalty, but over the centuries the soft, lightweight, and antistatic, superfine fibers have become a staple of Andean textile tradition. Handwoven of 100% alpaca on simple looms in a contemporary plaid with hand-twisted fringe.

100% alpaca. Handwoven by artisans in Bolivia. 11 3/4''W x 70''L.

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.


REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Alpaca Altiplano Scarf
 
3.6

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (13)
  • Soft (12)
  • Good length (11)
  • Quality materials (11)
  • Warm (10)

Cons

  • Itchy (3)

Best Uses

  • Cold / extreme (11)
  • As A fashion accessory (8)
  • Going out (6)
  • Casual wear (5)
    • Length:
    • Feels too short

       

      Feels true to length

       

      100% 

      (11 reviews)

      Feels too long

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Classic dresser (8), Casual dresser (5)
    • Gear Usage:
    • Cold weather living (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (9), Yes (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I love it!

While I also found the colors to be darker than
the picture, I expected it because of the other reviews. I do love the softness, and the colors
as they are...Read complete review

While I also found the colors to be darker than
the picture, I expected it because of the other reviews. I do love the softness, and the colors
as they are because I wear a black coat and this will match very well. I will wear this scarf with
pride because I will know that it was made by hand by true artisans.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

colors in picture not true

web and catalog colors are not true; sweater was not as bright in colors and now this scarf. Nice colors but much darker than the colors of the picture.

web and catalog colors are not true; sweater was not as bright in colors and now this scarf. Nice colors but much darker than the colors of the picture.

Reviewed by 16 customers

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3.0

too delicate for ordinary use

By Valerie , mother of 7 sons

from Monroe, Michigan

About Me Classic Dresser

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Darker Than Picture
  • Good Length
  • Quality Materials
  • Soft

Cons

  • Snags Just Laid On Table

Best Uses

  • Formal Events

Comments about Alpaca Altiplano Scarf:

Beautiful, exotic, loved how soft. Not practical for frequent use ,too light,woven loosely. Will be sending it back , espacially consideraing the price which was high
compared to others. We loved the pattern and so we went with it but realized if would sit on a shelf waiting for the once or twice a year it was able to be worn safely.
So sad.

  • Length:
  • Feels true to length
  • Gear Usage:
  • Cold Weather Living
  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes
 
5.0

Handsome yet casual

By Edsdottir

from Saginaw, MI

About Me Casual Dresser

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Good Length
  • Quality Materials
  • Soft
  • Warm

Cons

    Best Uses

    • As A Fashion Accessory
    • Casual Wear
    • Cold Weather
    • Going Out

    Comments about Alpaca Altiplano Scarf:

    This is a beautifully made and yet casual accessory. A great gift.

    • Gear Usage:
    • Cold Weather Living
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Disappointed

    By Mark

    from Saint Louis, MO

    About Me Classic Dresser

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Good Length
    • Soft
    • Warm

    Cons

    • Actual Colors Duller
    • Weave Too Loose

    Best Uses

    • Cold Weather

    Comments about Alpaca Altiplano Scarf:

    The actual colors are much more subdued than in the picture. It is still attractive, but less so than I expected.

    The bigger problem is that the yarns easily come out of the weave. I finally gave up pulling them back into the scarf and figured that in a year or two it will be discarded.

    • Length:
    • Feels true to length
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great, as advertised

    By Rod

    from Danville, KY

    About Me Classic Dresser

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Good Length
    • Quality Materials
    • Soft
    • Warm

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • As A Fashion Accessory
      • Cold Weather
      • Going Out

      Comments about Alpaca Altiplano Scarf:

      Gift for my wife, she loved it. I did good.

      • Length:
      • Feels true to length
      • Gear Usage:
      • Cold Weather Living
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
       
      5.0

      Thanks

      By Fletch

      from Concord, NC

      About Me Casual Dresser

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Good Length
      • Quality Materials
      • Soft
      • Warm

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • As A Fashion Accessory
        • Casual Wear
        • Cold Weather

        Comments about Alpaca Altiplano Scarf:

        Beautiful

        • Length:
        • Feels true to length
        • Gear Usage:
        • Cold Weather Living
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This is managing.

        By Ken-San

        from Japan

        About Me Trendy/Stylish Dresser

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Best
        • Good Length
        • Quality Materials
        • Soft
        • Warm

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • As A Fashion Accessory
          • Casual Wear
          • Cold Weather

          Comments about Alpaca Altiplano Scarf:

          Color is very nice and can use for long years.
          I use this with my life.

          • Length:
          • Feels true to length
          • Gear Usage:
          • Cold Weather Living
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent quality

          By Joe

          from Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

          About Me Casual Dresser

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Good Length
          • Quality Materials
          • Soft
          • Warm

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • As A Fashion Accessory
            • Cold Weather
            • Going Out

            Comments about Alpaca Altiplano Scarf:

            My wife adores this Xmas gift....she says it feels soft and warm & she loves the muted autumnal (fall) colours....perfect for going on in our wet, chilly Pacific North West Canadian winter climate!

            • Length:
            • Feels true to length
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Previous reviews accurate

            By Karaba

            from Orange, CT

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Scarf Of Poor Quality

              Best Uses

                Comments about Alpaca Altiplano Scarf:

                I had to return the scarf--it was so disappointing in quality and color

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Wife loved it.

                By Tim

                from Phx Metro, AZ

                About Me Casual Dresser

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Good Length
                • Quality Materials
                • Soft
                • Warm

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • As A Fashion Accessory
                  • Casual Wear
                  • Cold Weather

                  Comments about Alpaca Altiplano Scarf:

                  Made a great-looking gift for someone who's a little hard to buy for.

                  • Length:
                  • Feels true to length
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  So Soft! So Warm! So Beautiful!

                  By Annie

                  from Lucerne, CA

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Good Length
                  • Quality Materials
                  • Soft
                  • Warm

                  Cons

                  • Itchy

                  Best Uses

                  • Casual Wear
                  • Cold Weather
                  • Going Out

                  Comments about Alpaca Altiplano Scarf:

                  This scarf is not too bulky to wear around the neck and with one end in front to warm the chest, and one in the back to warm the back, it feels so good!

                  • Length:
                  • Feels true to length
                  • Gear Usage:
                  • Cold Weather Living, Winter Sports
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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