Versatile with lightweight warmth, this alpaca-blend cloak is great for travel in changeable climates. Modeled after the Andean ruana, a traditional style of draped cloak, its pattern of red and violet flowers is inspired by the wildlife of the Peruvian mountainside. The generous scarflike cowl neck and button front keep you warm when winds pick up, or on planes and indoors where the air-conditioning isn't under your control. One size fits most.
Handmade by artisans in Peru from a blend of alpaca, sheep's wool, and acrylic. Approximately 46"W x 32 1/2"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 woolhand wash using a mild soap and lukewarm water, or dry cleanbut check the tag or manufacturer's instructions for specific guidelines.
Comments about Peruvian Wildflower Alpaca Wool Cloak:
This was my first clothing order. I bought this as I travel many times from a cold climate to a hot climate and wanted something I could wear on a plane that would not be bulky. This cloak worked perfectly. I am a little worried about it holding up when it is washed, but we will see. It was very comfortable to travel with and would recommend it to my friends
Feels true to length
Cold Weather Living
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Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend