For generations the indigenous women of Bolivia have wrapped themselves in hand-loomed shawls and scarves created from alpaca wool dyed the colors of the Altiplano nighttime sky. This lightweight alpaca scarf is the same indigenous garment, created in an artisan workshop in La Paz using a traditional palette of colored stripes. Please allow for slight variations in the stripes in this scarf.
Woven on hand looms in Bolivia
Colors may vary
9 1/2"W x 71"L
Dry clean only.
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 woolhand wash using a mild soap and lukewarm water, or dry cleanbut check the tag or manufacturer's instructions for specific instructions.
This is a beautiful scarf. I ordered it to give as a gift. It's soft and not scratchy at all. It's very soft wool. It's not as long as stated and the fringe...Read complete review
This is a beautiful scarf. I ordered it to give as a gift. It's soft and not scratchy at all. It's very soft wool. It's not as long as stated and the fringe isn't as long as is shown. The scarf is muted blues and purples. You won't find bright colors as shown in the catelog. Forget the online view. This scarf does not look as it does in the catelog I get in the mail. However, knowing from others to expect a muted look, I still was very happy with the scarf and think it's a beautiful classy look. I'm very happy with the purchase and I would recommend this scarf, as long as you know ahead of time it won't have the lighter bright colors that are shown in the catelog and online. I would suggest that National Geographic reshoot the scarf and put a new picture in the catelog to reflect the more muted look of this scarf.
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Colors mostly dark & muted. Not the bright pastels shown in photo. Colors are not a slight variation but a significant variation. Material is very thin. Too short. Fringe is included...Read complete review
Colors mostly dark & muted. Not the bright pastels shown in photo. Colors are not a slight variation but a significant variation. Material is very thin. Too short. Fringe is included in the 70" length. Looks somewhat cheap! Probably will return scarf.
I found a couple of defects in the assembly, so I never wore the shawl. It was too thin and fragile to be used as a scarf or shawl over a coat. I have it packaged to exchange it for a scarf and hat set.
Cold Weather Living
Was this a gift?:
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Use this scarf as both a fashion statement and cold weather scarf. I prefer wool and especially lightweight alpaca which is warm without the weight of most wools. Colors were muted, as pictured, and the reason I was attracted to the scarf. It is a versatile mid length.
Feels true to length
Accessory, Cold Weather Living
Was this a gift?:
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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