In Charazani, on Bolivia’s western border, there are only two seasonswet 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.
Hand-loomed in Bolivia. 100% alpaca. Women’s sizes S (4–6), M (8–10), L (12–14), XL (16–18), XXL (20).
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 woolhand wash using a mild soap and lukewarm water, or dry cleanbut check the tag or manufacturer's instructions for specific instructions.
Ive been eyeing this vest for a long time and couldn't resist once it went on sale. The colors are rich, unique and very flattering. I was afraid that the horizontal pattern would be a problem, but it isn't due to the side panels and v-neck shape at the zipper. I love how soft the vest is and has proven a great insulating layer over a shirt and under a jacket during these past very cold and wet weeks in the northeast. It feels good to support local/indigenous people who are expert in their craft. Highly recommend!
Feels true to size
Feels true to size
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