Handmade Women's Alpaca Wool 'Cuzco Grace' Sweater (Peru)

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ITEM# 13864474
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    ITEM#: 13864474

    This handmade creation is offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic. By Nestor Yana, this beautiful sweater is knitted from a luxurious alpaca blend. Its graceful line is accentuated with an open stitch that evokes two rows of lace, while black goes everywhere in style.

    Product Features:

    • Weight: 1.0 lbs
    • Color: Black
    • Solid color
    • Materials: 50% alpaca, 50% acrylic
    • Sleeve type: Set-in
    • Neckline type: V-neck
    • Textile softness: Soft -- this item has been made with natural fibers that are soft to the touch
    • Care instructions: Dry cleaning recommended
    • Closure Type: Pullover
    • Model: 169890
    • Made in Peru

    Story Behind the Art:


    On behalf of many Andean families including mine, I would like to send greetings filled with the same warmth of our alpaca wool, as well as our eternal gratitude! Greetings from the highest regions of the Peruvian Andes, where the air is fresh and pure; where the spring water helps preserve nature and keep alive our precious fauna such as the alpaca, which has been part of Quechua and Aymara families throughout our history. This is a history that is preserved through artisan hands such as my family's, and by Novica too, who helps us show our history to the world. And by you, our clients and friends, because together we will continue to write this history. You can be sure that each alpaca gift is made with the loving care of many Peruvians, from shepherds to weavers. On behalf of many Andean families including mine, I would like to send greetings filled with the same warmth of our alpaca wool, as well as our eternal gratitude! Many thanks, and best wishes for joy and prosperity! Nestor Yana was born on August 29, 1964. He hails from the Puno region, situated in the Peruvian highlands, which are renowned for quality alpaca and sheep wool. He has been dedicated to the textile arts for more than 25 years – it has been a family trade for generations.

    Yana and his siblings learned the different weaving and knitting techniques from their parents. When he first began to weave, he worked on rustic machinery, which he and other family members built themselves. Together they sold their wares at local markets until eventually they were able to acquire modern machinery, which in turn allowed them to develop newer designs. Yana designs and creates a variety of garments, including cloaks, sweaters and ponchos; each piece showcases the unique attributes of alpaca wool. Alpacas are members of the camelid family; they are about the size of a pony and live up to 20 years. They make good and loyal pets. In fact, many owners say they are just like man's best friend. They are gentle and enjoy hugging. Alpacas are sometimes used as therapy animals in schools and hospitals. They do not bite but will occasionally spit when annoyed, though rarely at people. Pregnant alpacas are easily annoyed with the male, and will spit at him to go away. Because of their value, alpacas are carefully protected and they are shorn only once a year – each alpaca can produce enough fiber for up to eight sweaters. The Incas gave the alpaca an important place in society and religion; alpaca fiber was so highly treasured it was reserved for Inca royalty.

    Approximate length from shoulder high point to hem: 23 inches. Measurement taken from size medium

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    Please allow 10 business days for the product to leave our warehouse and to receive tracking information. You should expect to receive this item within 15 business days.


    Type Casual
    Occasion Casual
    Sleeve-length Long Sleeve
    Closure Pull Over
    Color Black
    Product Features Handmade
    Worldstock Worldstock
    Dimensions 23.0 In. X 36.0 In. X 9.0 In.
    Model Number 169890
    Country of Origin Peru
    • Warm and Toasty
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      Option: XL

      It is a very soft wool, though if you do have an aversion to wool it might bother you. I think it's very soft and the detailing is lovely. I'm very glad I got it as it seems winter will be with us for a little while still.

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