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.
Not available for shipment to Russia.
Made in Bolivia. 100% alpaca. Men’s sizes M (38–40), L (42–44), XL (46–48), XXL (50–52).
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, alpacas resemble a cross between a llama and a sheep. The 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.
On the second wearing the shoulder seam came apart. I would have fixed it myself but the knitting ran and so could not be fixed (at least not by me). Really sorry to have had to return the sweater. However, Nat Geo promptly refunded my money. Good company. I bought another (different) sweater that was just fine.
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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 ...
Craftspeople working as part of a social collective
hand-knit this alpaca sweater in La Paz, Bolivia. Inspired by pre-Columbian textiles, it takes a traditional Inca star pattern and transforms it into intricate geometric detail. The stylized sun and star motif ...
The colors of this superfine alpaca sweater are
inspired by that trek: orange zigzags for the distant mountain views, yellowish green for the stones that pave the trail, blue for the Urubamba River and the Andean sky.