Keep your dog warm with a luxuriously soft, warm, cozy, 100% organic Alpaca wool dog sweater. Finer than cashmere, smoother than silk, warmer than goose down and naturally hypoallergenic, these Alpaca wool dog sweaters are all that and very reasonably priced. Available now in six options: Fiesta Multi-stripe, Classic Red, Argyle in Taupe, Navy Blue, Fiesta Roja and Collegiate Gray. The Fiesta Roja and Collegiate Gray do not have the back leg holes -- so for many, these may be the choice for easier and more comfortable fit. Handwash & line dry.
These sumptuous cable knit sweaters are designed and created by "Alma de los Andes" ("Spirit of the Andes"), a Bolivian non-profit association founded in 1995 that serves Bolivia's poorest, rural women. Most of the women who knit for Alma de los Andes have been abandoned by their husbands and left to care for their many children alone. All profits from the sale of the Alma de los Andes products helps support these women and their families. And they are proud to knit these beautiful creations for you.
Organic Alpaca Wool
Bolivian alpacas and llamas are free range alpacas and llamas that graze on the tough organic grasses of the vast Andes Mountains...just as they have been doing for 5,000 years. The llamas and alpacas are of original pre-Inca stock and have not been genetically modified in any way. They are cared for humanely and deeply honored in the Andean culture and traditions. If an animal gets hurt it is treated with naturopathic cures: herbs and balms. There are no antibiotics, hormones or other drugs administered to the animals.
Pompom "earrings" identify whose alpaca or llama is whose. These are inserted with a needle on a part of the ear that is not very sensitive and is a much more humane method of identification than a tattoo or hot metal brand.
The fleece is hand shorn using scissors. The animal is not harmed in this process. The fleece is then hand washed with a mild, biodegradable, detergent specially designed for the Bolivian altiplano environment. Finally this fleece is carded and spun, often by hand using a drop spindle.
Organic Fiber is Better Because...
Extra Small "Size 10": Neck diameter: 8"; Sweater length: 12"
Small "Size 12": Neck diameter: 8"; Sweater length: 14"
Medium "Size 14": Neck diameter: 11"; Sweater length: 16"
Large "Size 16": Neck diameter: 11"; Sweater length: 19"
About the Kusikuy knitters
Kusikuy (meaning "Make Yourself Happy" in Quechua) knitters are native Quechua and Aymara women of the Bolivian Andes mountains who are members of independent knitting cooperatives. These highly skilled artisans receive international awards for their work. Women knit at home maintaining their traditional pre-Inca customs while generating important income. Earnings are used to improve living conditions and strengthen communities.
Bolivia is bordered by Peru, Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil and Chile in central South America. It is the fifth-largest country on the continent, measuring roughly the size of France and Spain combined. It is also categorized as the poorest country in South America, but its cultural wealth, the expansive Andean landscapes and the remnants of mysterious ancient civilizations make it among the richest and most exciting in all the Americas.
Made in Bolivia