If you're interested in textiles and design or a fan of the elegant backgrounds in TV's Downton Abbey, Victorian designer William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement will already be familiar to you. The zip-front Downton Jacket takes the organic vining forms of William Morris and knits them across four bands of harmonious earth tones. They're repeated in miniature at the cuffs and lapel, with exquisite reverse-side knitting along the collar. Rare sustainably-sourced baby alpaca insures that the Downtown feels silky-soft and will look new for many years. Light to -medium weight sweater. Relaxed fit.
Alpaca – The Royal Fiber of the Incas
Alpaca fiber comes from the alpaca, an animal like a llama that lives at high altitudes in Bolivia and Peru. Its lustrous, silky feel sets it apart from other fibers, and during the Inca Empire (1200 AD – 1532 AD), only the royal family could use clothing made of Alpaca. Baby alpaca is an even finer, softer grade of alpaca fiber.
Why buy Alpaca?
Alpaca is a rare fiber with limited production. It is warmer, softer and far more durable than wool. Due to its long fiber length, alpaca will never pill. Your Alpaca item is an investment that will still look beautiful many years after its purchase.
Alpaca is a Socially Responsible Fiber
Alpaca is an ecologically sustainable "green" fiber. Alpacas graze freely as they have for millenia. The husbandry of alpaca sustains rural families in the highlands of Peru, enabling them to stay in their traditional homes.
How to care for your Alpaca clothing:
Alpaca is not delicate. Care for exactly like wool.
Hand-wash in cold water or dry-clean.
Lay flat to dry.
Store neatly folded – do not hang.
Store in a moth-free environment.
With this care, an Alpaca item will stand up to years of everyday usage with few signs of wear.
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