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Mayu Hand-Knit Alpaca

Capelet Crusading

Chicago native Kate Robertson fell in love with Peru when she was there with the Peace Corps. She came to know and appreciate not just the artisans, but the versatility and eco-friendliness of Alpaca. Clothing made from Alpaca fibers are soft, warm, incredibly durable, pill-free and hypo-allergenic. These relatives of llamas are indigenous to Peru and can be raised with less impact on the earth than competing materials, plus they can be shorn without harm to the animals.
Mayu Hand-Knit Alpaca
Capelet Crusading

Chicago native Kate Robertson fell in love with Peru when she was there with the Peace Corps. She came to know and appreciate not just the artisans, but the versatility and eco-friendliness of Alpaca. Clothing made from Alpaca fibers are soft, warm, incredibly durable, pill-free and hypo-allergenic. These relatives of llamas are indigenous to Peru and can be raised with less impact on the earth than competing materials, plus they can be shorn without harm to the animals.

Mayu was born of Kate’s desire to bring hand-knit Peruvian products to a larger market, and is a proud member of the Fair Trade Federation. That means the company is committed to sustainable environmental practices and fair wages for the artisans involved.

This hooded shawl we’re offering today comes in four different two-color combinations, and while the story behind it is a good one, the pure utility and beauty of this piece (not to mention that it’s one-size-fits-all) makes it a no-brainer. It’ll work with a fancy dress as well as with jeans and T-shirt, and it’s warm enough to layer like a cardigan or substitute for a jacket, depending on the weather. It’s the perfect gift for anyone — assuming you can part with it.

— Mi