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Bolivian Alpaca Sunset Scarf

Overview

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.

Details

  • Woven on hand looms in Bolivia
  • 100% alpaca
  • Colors may vary
  • 9 1/2"W x 71"L

Care Info

Dry clean only.

Cultural Facts

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.

Reviews

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Bolivian Alpaca Sunset Scarf
 
3.8

(based on 38 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

72%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (28)
  • Soft (26)
  • Quality materials (22)
  • Good length (16)
  • Warm (15)

Cons

  • Not long enough (7)
  • Not warm (7)
  • Itchy (3)

Best Uses

  • As A fashion accessory (25)
  • Casual wear (18)
  • Cold / extreme (16)
  • Going out (13)
  • Formal events (5)
    • Length:
    • Feels too short

       

      Feels true to length

       

      68% 

      (21 reviews)

      Feels too long

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual dresser (18), Classic dresser (14), Trendy/stylish dresser (3)
    • Gear Usage:
    • Cold weather living (13), Winter sports (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (18), Yes (18)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Beautiful Scarf

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Colors are misrepresented

The colors were muted, not even close in color to what is shown in the catalog. Do not purchase if you are looking for bright colors, you will be disappointed. When returning the...Read complete review

The colors were muted, not even close in color to what is shown in the catalog. Do not purchase if you are looking for bright colors, you will be disappointed. When returning the product, NG held my return for two weeks and still didn't credit my account. It took a phone call and providing my postal tracking number and five additional days after that, before I received a credit. Overall my first(and last) experience with NG was not a happy one.

Reviewed by 38 customers

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5.0

Love it!

By Judy

from Richardson, TX

About Me Casual Dresser

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Good Length
  • Quality Materials
  • Soft

Cons

    Best Uses

    • As A Fashion Accessory
    • Casual Wear

    Comments about Bolivian Alpaca Sunset Scarf:

    I've had my eye on this for a couple of years and finally received it for Christmas. I love the colors and the feel. I'll cherish this for a very long time. It is do special to me.

    • Length:
    • Feels true to length
    • Gear Usage:
    • Beauty
     
    3.0

    Beautiful but skimpy

    By Barbara

    from Atlanta, GA

    About Me Casual Dresser

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Quality Materials
    • Soft

    Cons

    • Not Warm
    • Skimpy
    • Thin Weave
    • Very Narrow

    Best Uses

    • As A Fashion Accessory
    • Too Narrow For Warmth

    Comments about Bolivian Alpaca Sunset Scarf:

    I had to buy a second one of these and am trying to find matching yarn to sew the two together. My daughter once had a scarf very much like this-same fiber, colors and stripe, also from NG but bought about 12 years ago. It was nice and wide and therefore substantial enough to be warm. She lives between Germany and Russia and needs the warmth, and was heartbroken when she lost the original one. I was so excited to find this on NG, but very disappointed to find that it is far less in bulk than the original--probably 1/3 the bulk of the other scarf.

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

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Not a winter scarf

    By Scarf Conniseur

    from South Dakota

    About Me Classic Dresser

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Soft

    Cons

    • Not Long Enough
    • Not Warm
    • Thin

    Best Uses

    • As A Fashion Accessory

    Comments about Bolivian Alpaca Sunset Scarf:

    First of all, anyone who says this is great for winter or staying warm is either deluded or lives somewhere without winter. I received this as a gift from my mother who assumed, from the weave, tassel, and appearance, this would be a thicker, winter scarf. Its not really elegant enough to be the kind of scarf one would normally wear as an accessory. I hate to tell my mom she wasted her money, but she did. This thing is too thin, small, and skimpy to do anything against a good wind or cold. The color is beautiful and the fabric is very soft and would be warm. But overall, the thing is just not substantial enough to be functional. Very disappointing.

    • Length:
    • Feels too short
    • Gear Usage:
    • Fashion
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
     
    5.0

    Lovely

    By Maryam

    from New Orleans

    About Me Trendy/Stylish Dresser

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Bolivian Alpaca Sunset Scarf:

    I had received this as a gift and loved it so much I bought one for my SIL

    • Length:
    • Feels too short
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    I returned it asap

    By Annie

    from Meredith, NH

    About Me Trendy/Stylish Dresser

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Soft

    Cons

    • Not Long Enough
    • Not Warm
    • Too Fragile
    • Too Thin Not For Winter

    Best Uses

    • As A Fashion Accessory

    Comments about Bolivian Alpaca Sunset Scarf:

    Was much thinner and smaller than expected. It was soft but so fragile I returned it immediately.

    • Length:
    • Feels too short
    • Gear Usage:
    • None Of These
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Iwould buy scarf as gift for someone else; this one's mine!

    By pj stitches!

    from sw Missouri

    About Me Casual Dresser

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • As Pictured
    • Attractive Design
    • BEAUTIFUL
    • Good Length
    • Great Colors
    • Quality Materials
    • Soft
    • Warm

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Bolivian Alpaca Sunset Scarf:

      I was thrilled that the colors & quality were as shown in NG ad. Soft, warm & beautiful. Thank you! pj stitches!

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

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Beautiful!

      By Lulu

      from Colorado Springs, CO

      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 Bolivian Alpaca Sunset Scarf:

        Very soft and beautiful colors. It goes with many, many things. A nice wrap on it's own or as an accessory.

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

        (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        A scarf, not a shawl

        By Donna

        from New York, NY

        About Me Classic Dresser

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Soft

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Casual Wear
          • Cold Weather
          • Going Out

          Comments about Bolivian Alpaca Sunset 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.

          • Gear Usage:
          • Cold Weather Living
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Beautiful scarf, very soft

          By Sojourner

          from Cottage Grove, OR

          About Me Classic Dresser

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Good Length
          • Muted Colors
          • Quality Materials
          • Soft
          • Versatile
          • Warm

          Cons

          • Dry clean only

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Bolivian Alpaca Sunset Scarf:

          The muted colors makes the scarf appropriate with numerous outfits. It is warm and ideal for using as a cold weather accessory.

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

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Beautiful article of clothing

          By poking along

          from RI

          About Me Classic 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 Bolivian Alpaca Sunset Scarf:

            All good !

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

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