Handwoven ruana on a pedal loom, adorned with bottom designs and finished with delicate fringes. Crafted entirely from 100% soft baby alpaca wool, providing a truly delightful touch.
100% Baby Alpaca
Alpaca fiber is an extraordinarily versatile wool, which has allowed us at SAKE to open different paths and possibilities in the development of unique collections. Alpaca fiber is integral to the history of Peru; the animal’s wool has been harvested, spun, and woven using ancestral techniques dating from pre-Incan times through to today. In addition to being incredibly warm and soft, it has the greatest color variety of any wool-yielding animal in the world.
In recent decades, large-scale knitwear producers began purchasing white alpaca wool exclusively for its homogeneity and perceived versatility. As a sad necessity, alpaqueros have bred out alpacas with cream, brow, and black wools to the brink of extinction. SAKE knitwear intentionally utilizes naturally colored alpaca yarn for its incredibly rich colors and to preserve endangered breeds.
Lastly, SAKE promotes the best livestock management practices for shearing and material handling, ensuring respectful treatment and care of this ancient and sacred animal. We strive to protect the alpaca species and preserve the invaluable knowledge and culture of the Andean communities who live alongside them.
We recommend hand washing your garment with care in cool water with a gentle detergent, preferably shampoo. Don't use chlorine bleach and don't agitate or wring it. You may add fabric softener to rinse water.
On a flat surface lay the sweater on a fresh, dry towel, until thoroughly air-dried or dry clean.