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Artisan Crafted Alpaca Blend Cardigan with Floral Motif, 'Florencia'

Product ID: U484051

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Artisan Crafted Alpaca Blend Cardigan with Floral Motif, 'Florencia'

4.9 (artist rating)

This item is available for pre-order and will ship within 6 to 8 weeks. Learn More

Available in 6 to 8 weeks. Learn More

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Delicate flowers blossom on sinuous vines in this unique floral cardigan presented by Alfredo Falcon of Peru. This black alpaca wool blend cardigan with a design in light grey features three coconut shell buttons and a slightly rounded collar. Stylish and chic, this pretty cardigan from the Andes is sure to keep you warm.

Made in Peru

  • 50% alpaca, 45% acrylic, 5% wool
  • Do not bleach
  • Dry in the shade
  • Do not iron
  • Lay flat to dry
  • Dry cleaning recommended
  • Textile softness: Soft -- this item has been made with natural fibers that are soft to the touch
  • Hand wash separately in cold water
  • Do not wring
  • Free Gift Wrap? No
  • Premium Gift Wrap? No
  • 0.29 kgs
  • 0.6 lbs
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Alfredo Falcon

Meet the Artist

Artfully crafted by Alfredo Falcon from Andes.

 

Meet the Artist

Alfredo Falcon

Alfredo Falcon

4.9 (artist rating)

"When I was a small child, my parents began teaching me to knit. Like me, they learned them from their own parents. So we are a family devoted to the world of textile arts for generations."

Update (June, 2019) "I come from a humble family of textile artisans and my first jobs were making sweaters that we sold... Update (June, 2019)

"I come from a humble family of textile artisans and my first jobs were making sweaters that we sold later in a small store in Huaraz — an Andean city famous among tourists and mountain sportsmen. Everything went well until our town was hit by the earthquake of 1970. After the natural disaster, tourism and local commerce decreased. Added to this was the violence unleashed by Sendero Luminoso, a radical Maoist group that bled the country with terrorist attacks and forced many inhabitants of rural areas to migrate to the big cities. That was how I arrived at a settlement located east of Lima.

"There, I started a new life. I thought the only way out of poverty was moving away from textiles so I started studying accounting. Eventually I got a steady job, but then the company went bankrupt in the economic crisis and I was fired.

"I then put everything I had learned to the test and set up a small workshop for creating alpaca apparel. I began to design and make clothing with various techniques. Little by little, I bought my knitting machines and I made hats, scarves and sweaters, which were immediately received in the national market. I never thought that my work would go around the world.

"Years ago, I met Leoncio Tinoco, a world-class Peruvian artisan. He liked my work so much that he invited me to work with you to expand my business. I didn't hesitate and, in a short time, my alpaca designs went from being exhibited in the small souvenir shops of Lima to filling the closets of thousands of customers around the world, who were satisfied by the quality of my work. This was the best thing that ever happened to me.

"Over time, sales increased significantly. This helped me a lot to modernize my workshop with new technologies to increase production and create new items such as ruanas, capes, sweaters, ponchos and scarves.

"I love exploring the latest trends in fashion. It allows me to create new lines of clothing, with designs and colors that combine traditional and contemporary styles, in order to revalue the local culture of Peru. I owe my success to my beautiful team of workers, whom I have trained with new weaving techniques to provide better results, both in quality and comfort. We have also given work to the women of the soup kitchens, a social program that feeds poor people. The women participate in the finishing and crochet trim.

"I never imagined that textiles would help improve the quality of life for so many women in the soup kitchens. Most of them are mothers who don't have a permanent job, mainly because they are always providing food and schooling to their children. Therefore, they only have their free time to earn extra money. With this method, some have saved thousands of soles per month. Once a weaver came to collect 4,500 soles ($1,300 USD) in six months and, with that money she bought several appliances and other items for the home.

"I'm proud of everything I have achieved over more than 25 years of working in the textile arts I love and being part of this global family of artisans."

Original Artisan Story:

"I was born in the capital of Peru in 1968. When I was a small child, my parents began teaching me to knit. Like me, they had learned them from their own parents. So we are a family devoted to the world of textile arts for generations.

"Nowadays I combine knitting by hand and on classic machinery, remaining true to Inca and colonial motifs. I would like the world to receive high quality apparel through my work, with modern colors and traditional motifs. I hope you enjoy them!

"I have been working with you Since 2001. My workshop is located outside of Lima, a place of refuge for many immigrants who fled central Peru during the times of terrorism. Before this, I had a small workshop in an industrial park that the government gave me on credit, a place where small producers could work with dignity. It wasn't properly roofed, and its production capacity was limited. I designed and made clothing.

"My market was limited to a few local shops, and to a single small foreign client who purchased my work from time to time. Now, thanks to you, my sales increased significantly, and my workshop began to undergo an enormous change. I purchased better tools and materials. My production capacity has grown tremendously, and my work has gained considerable popularity and recognition.

"Thank you very much, my friends."

In 2016, Alfredo won a contest called The Best Knits and two of his designs were chosen for a calendar. He has also received an award from the City of Lima.

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WOMEN S M L XL XXL
4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22
BUST 35 - 36 37 - 38 39 - 41 42 - 44 46 - 48
WAIST 27 - 28 29 - 30 31 - 33 34 - 36 38 - 40
HIPS 37 - 38 39 - 40 42 - 43 45 - 46 49 - 50
MEN S M L XL XXL
CHEST 36 - 38 39 - 41 42 - 44 46 - 48 50 - 52
WAIST 30 - 32 32 - 34 35 - 37 38 - 41 43 - 45
NECK 14 - 14.5 15 - 15.5 16 - 16.5 17 - 17.5 18 - 18.5
SLEEVE 32.5 33.5 34.5 35.5 36.5
FINDING YOUR SIZE

Take your measurements with the tape measure over your under garments. If your measurements fall between sizes you may prefer the next larger size. Inseam, skirt and dress lengths vary by style and will be listed in the item description. Our sweaters are knit in standard American sizes, however actual measurements vary by style.

BUST / CHEST

Measure around the fullest part of chest under the arms and over the shoulder blades keeping the tape measure level.

WAIST

Measure around the smallest part of the waist keeping the tape measure comfortably loose. Most garments use the low waist measurement noted below.

LOW WAIST

Measure around the body approximately 1.5" below the natural waist (above). This is the area where most pants and skirts actually fit.

HIPS

Standing with your heels together, measure around the fullest part of the body approx 7"-8" below the waist.

NECK

Measure around the base of the neck keeping the tape measure comfortably loose.

SLEEVE

Bend elbow slightly and starting at the center back of the neck, measure across the shoulder, to the elbow and down to the wrist.

INSEAM

Our standard inseam length for women is 32" and 34" for men; however inseam measurements will vary slightly by style.

 

Belts with buckles are measured in inches that correspond to a waist size however, most people do not wear belts on the waist, they wear them closer to the hips. A buckle belt measurement is take from the end of the "pin" of the buckle to the middle hole on the belt. Generally there are 5 holes for size adjustment, with a 1" space between each, so the middle hole will the be average size of the belt.

For at tie belt (no buckle) measure the belt portion end to end and half of the tie portion. This again is the medium size of the belt.

For a soft fabric tie belt it can be called "1 size fits most" and the entire length of the belt should be measured and listed.

See buckle/tie belt size standards below.

WOMEN S M L XL  
4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22
inches 26 - 30 28 - 32 31 - 35 34 - 38 38 - 42
cm 76 - 86 81.5 - 91.5 86.5 - 96.5 91.5 - 101.5 96.5 - 106.5

+/- tolerance: 0.5 inches or 1.25 cm

MEN S M L XL XXL
inches 30 - 34 32 - 36 35 - 39 39 - 43 43 - 47
cm 81.5 - 91.5 86.5 - 96.5 91.5 - 101.5 96.5 - 106.5 109 - 119

+/- tolerance: 0.5 inches or 1.25 cm

Sash tie length

Lay sash/tie out flat away from the garment and measure from end to end.

Belt with buckle

Measure from the end of the pin of the buckle (where it touches the buckle) to the middle hole.

Belt without buckle

Measure from the belt portion end to end and half of the tie portion. This is will give you the medium size of the belt.

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