Chakana TravelerGray Men's Alpaca Cardigan from Peru
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"If you truly want something in life, you will do all that is within your means to get it."
"The greatest challenge I've ever faced was getting my family to understand my passion for textiles. I was born in the Macate district of the Ancash department and my parents worked in the fields. My artistic origins come from my family, my uncles worked in textiles and little by little they introduced me to this world. I love being part of this world, where I can translate materials into beautiful products.
"Getting started was difficult and my family didn't think I would make it, yet slowly but surely I managed to prove them wrong. If you truly want something in life, you will do all that is within your means to get it.
"I have achieved every goal I have set for myself and in this way I have discovered new and wonderful techniques within this grand art form.
"As for hobbies, I enjoy playing football soccer and of course everything related to this art since I like playing with colors, textiles, textures, etc.
"My work is motivated by a desire to show my art to people everywhere, from as many countries as possible! I would like my designs to transmit my experience and skills – each final piece is a proud representative of my creativity.
"My work means everything to me: it's what I love and cherish, and I love the fact that I can provide for my family thanks to it. I consider myself a happy person and every day I strive to get ahead, not only in work, but also as a person, a husband, and as a son.
"I would like to thank Novica customers for allowing us into their homes, and for getting to know Peruvian arts and crafts. They are made with inspired hands."
Fernando your 100% Alpaca wool cardigan ""BE BOLD"" is BEAUTIFUL. It is soft and luxurious. I can wear it with a pair of jeans or dress up a plain dress or skirt, and use it as statement piece. The value of this sweater far outweighs the cost. I am looking forward to our first frost here in NY to put it on and feel warm, cozy and stylish! Extra plus for me-I am 5 feet 9 inches and the arm length was perfect. I am a size 8 and a medium was a perfect fit. Sincerely, Noreen
Fernando, The sweater you made arrived safely and beautifully! The stitches are so perfect and the colors are as Novica pictured. Did you choose the color combination? Also it fits perfectly! Judy Miner
I just received the Spring Medley sweater. Oh my, it is gorgeous. It is luxuriously soft, and it looks very expensive. I tend to wear XL in most tops, and the sizing on the XL sweater is just perfect for me. I cannot think of a better holiday gift or treat to get for yourself!
As beautiful as the photo is of your ""Andean Twilight"" scarf, it pales in comparison to seeing and holding this item in person. Gorgeous colors and craftsmanship, and so softly warm I wish it were the size of a blanket! The lovely and unique gift packaging is just icing on the cake. Altogether a true pleasure to receive, and I look forward to buying more of your wearable art. It's simply beautiful.
Fernando I just received my new sweater and it is just great! feels good, looks good but most importantly it fits really well. I have broad shoulders , 5ft 10 in tall so not a huge guy but this sweater fits the shoulders and is also long enough ( some others have been a little short ) The sleeves are correct also. Only comment I suggest the zipper at the neck could be about one inch longer. Well done.! It is warm on this cold Montreal November day.
I just purchased the ""Be Bold"" sweater by Fernando Cano. It arrived super quickly and was beautifully wrapped-and it was just a gift for myself. The sweater is really soft and beautifully made. The colors are more muted than it shows on the screen but I like them. My only complaint is I wish it came in an XS since the small is a little too big. I'm keeping it anyway though. My next purchase will be one of Fernando's scarves.
Ancash Fantasy fingerless gloves cover a good part of the fingers so this is a perfect pair for those living in cold climates. Perfect for texting, you only have to roll back the substantial-weight edge to suit your needs. I like the lively pattern and it combines well with other winter accessories. These are worth the money. I may purchase one of his hats sometime.
I have just received my Fiesta in Ica yesterday. I am wearing it now. It is very soft. I mean no itchiness and real soft. I have bought 8 alpaca sweaters this year. This is one of the softest one. The muti-color pattern is very cute and festive. Thank you for a wonderful fashionable design. I am looking forward to get more of your contemporary creations.
I just received my exquisite alpaca sweater-incredible design, rich, gorgeous textiles, and cozy feel! The packaging itself was so sweet...Great attention to detail. It fits true-to-size, too. I will treasure this one forever. Thank you so much, Fernando and Novica. I just purchased two more styles, as I was wondering whether it would indeed be true-to-size. Quality, quality...Bravo!
I received my beautiful cardigan today,the workmanship is faultless and the colours are bright and it makes the whole garment very special,warm too, I love the buttons and long cuffs. The brown colour of the main body of the cardigan is darker than the photo shown, but I still love it. My dog thought it was special too, she loved the way it smelt.
Dear Fernando I just received the beautiful sweater Be Bold and I'm so pleased and thankful with the extraordinary quality of your art and craft, the fit size is perfect and I'm sure that I'll be enjoyed for many years to come. Please continue bringing satisfaction and happiness with your talent. If I could give 100 stars to your great product I'll gladly do. Muchas, muchas gracias Ud. vale un PERU.
The sweater arrived today and I love it. The colors you used work beautifully together. The yellow is the color of a pear when almost ripe, and other colors are as shown on the screen, but more beautiful! It fits really well and is flattering, even to my 60ish figure .However, it is lightly fitted, so If you have a large tummy take that into consideration. The sleeve length is perfect for me, which was a concern since I am 5' 6"" and sometimes sleeves are too short for me. It will pair nicely with deep olive pants or blue jeans, or possibly in that pear yellow.
Dear Fernando Cano, In 2012 I bought you creation called Spring Medley and in 2013 bought Adean lake. Love your color schemes. Next year if you could create colors of purple and red violet into a contrasting color scheme that you are so talented for I would get a sweater in 2014. Keep up your good work.
Thank you for your remarkably fast delivery of my new Cardigan sweater. I ordered a large that fits me perfectly- so much that I wouldn't dare wash it. It will be dry cleaned only. You do beautiful work and as much as I'd like to keep this secret to myself, I will certainly recommend you to friends! Best of luck to you with your extraordinary craft! Thanks again.
Fernando, you are a true master of colour! I bought the Fresh Winter scarf and Indigo Winter hat and I absolutely adore them. I can't wait for cooler weather, so I'll get to wear them everyday. They are completely gorgeous, so soft, so lush, and so stunning. Thank-you!
Inca Muse is a well-designed medium-weight sweater that I look forward to wearing when the weather turns cold. This is the first garment I have of Fernando Cano's but I have purchased accessories of his to wear and to give as gifts.
Absolutely love the sweater color blending, it is truly beautiful! The sweater arrive neatly gift wrap with a touch of artisan culture and a lovely post card. Thank you very much for the extra care in gift wrapping! :-D
Fernando Cano's Infuses the best colors together. He has a eye of an Artist in textiles with wool. I have bought 3 sweaters. Every year I buy one. I am so glad Fernando Cano's has made purple poppy . Last year I requested that he do something in purple. His selection of color with the purple is superb. I just had a hard time because his blue snowflake sweater was beautiful too. That is on next years wish list unless he suprises me with a new masterpiece of art. Thank you Fernando Cano's
The Autumn Medley Alpaca is my first and definitely not my last from this artist. After seeing the sweater I am even inspired to travel to Peru for both sight seeing and shopping. Good job, keep it up.
Just received my jumper from Novica, from the artist Fernando Cano, it is absolutely amazing! It is by far one of the best items of clothing I have ever purchased. I was in Peru in 2012 and purchased a baby alpaca fibre jumper, they are such a crowd pleaser and are full of character. I have alpacas myself but lack the skills to make such a wonderful thing. I will definitely be ordering more or Fernando's items, in fact, will do so this week! Thanks again to everyone involved from that wonderfully enchanting part of the world. Best, James
Fernando, your ""Andean Meadow"" sweater arrived today and it is truly gorgeous and well made. I loved it so much that I ordered one for my sister for Christmas! Thank you for making these beautiful items. I am a huge fan of yours and will be buying more from you in the future!!
Beautiful scarf arrived today. Fabulous weaving and great colors. All Alpaca...love it. well worth the price and time wait. It is more beautiful than anticipated. Very warm too.
rural Pennsylvania, United States
I purchased the Andean Twilight Hand Crafted Alpaca Wool Gloves and love them! I have larger hands, size 8.5, and these stretched to fit them! They would also fit smaller hands without any problems...the wool is so soft and stretchy without any itch...the best! The colors are true to the pictures, and the combination of colors are great and well coordinated. A highly recommended artist!
We are having extreme cold here this week and your ""Lima Sublime"" cardigan has kept me perfectly warm both indoors and outside. I particularly love the thoughtful design. While it is a convenient button down sweater, the collar extends very high if you want to keep your neck warm. Brilliant! Also the sleeves extend down to your finger tips or roll up to your elbows easily. I will look for more designs from you like this. I also have the ""Ancash Fantasy"" fingerless gloves and neck warmer (which doubles as a head scarf). I love the colors. Thank you for creating such beautiful designs in 100% alpaca! PS I have also lent to you on Kiva and hope to see your loans again! Best wishes for 2015!
I've received compliments galore for the Fernando Cano neckwarmer and fingerless long-sleeve gloves in the Ancash Fantasy pattern. People's faces light up and they just have to ask where I got these accessories. The yarn is 100% alpaca and of a good weight to keep one warm as well as fashionable. Thanks very much for your creativity and workmanship Mr. Cano. I have referred numerous women to Novica for these and for other attractive, good-value products.
The Ayacucho Breeze cardigan is light to medium weight, very soft and very delicate. The colors are more earthy and muted (to me that picture shows bright primary colors.) It's true to size-- I am 5' 8"" and 150 pounds, usually wear size 12 to 14. The XL fits me perfectly for a cardigan-- sleeve length and shoulder fit is spot on and length is just below the hips.
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