Alpaca Blend Peruvian Ruana Cloak in Sandy Tan, "Parallel Sand"
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By Pia Zavala, ribbed textures enhance the beauty of a trendy ruana cape in pale tan. The cozy blend of luxurious alpaca wool adds to its warmth, and a pin-brooch carved of natural bull's horn closes the wrap.
- 0.41 kgs
- 0.9 lbs
- Garment Measurements
- 75 cm L x 165 cm W
- 29.5" L x 65" W
- 50% alpaca, 45% acrylic, 5% wool; bull horn clasp
- Dry cleaning recommended
- Textile softness: Soft -- this item has been made with natural fibers that are soft to the touch
- Dry clean or hand wash in cold water
- Free Gift Wrap? Yes
- Premium Gift Wrap? Yes
- Made in Peru.
- Certified and shipped by our office in Andes
Pia's struggles with her health have forced her to downsize her workshop but she is determined to keep it open. Her workers rely on their earnings to care for themselves and their families. Nearly half of the workshop's income is derived from Novica sales and Pia does not want to let let her helpers down.
Pia has taken a very modern approach to textile production. Her workers live far from her workshop and used to spend hours each day traveling to work. Pia moved her knitting machines to her artisans' homes and they no longer have to travel great distances. They are able to spend more time with their families and still earn a living. Pia works with machine knitters and hand finishers to create her knitwear collection.
Pia struggles daily with fibromyalgia. Marcelino, her assistant, of 32 years, suffered a stroke in 2016. He continues with his knitting at the workshop but struggles with work that once came easily. However, they have worked together since the very beginning and find joy in their success and strength in each other as they face their health challenges.
Pia's innovative approach to production has enabled her to work with artisans who once needed to travel a great distance to the workshop. In spite of her own health difficulties, she has kept her workshop open in order to provide a steady income for her collaborators.
Pia has been included in a local magazine story about her participation in an event to benefit profoundly deaf children.
The Women's Empowerment badge is awarded to female artisans or artisan groups that are led by women.
Pia's children are grown but she provides for the education of a grandchild.
"Very nice, but..."
Not positive I will keep this. Looks great from the front--and I love the horn clasp. Hard to describe, but the problem is where the two pieces meet: where that seem is, the stretch of the fabric pulls the seam up so that you've got one side shorter than the other. A better way to say it: looking at it from the back with the point at the bottom, one side will fall past your elbow, but the other side won't. This wouldn't happen if the fabric were flat without the accordion kind of stretch to it. HOWEVER, if you wear it off-center so that the seam runs along your arm and you put the clasp up by your opposite shoulder, it looks pretty cool. Even if I return, I wish I could keep that clasp--very useful--even just the "pin" part of it.
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"A beautiful piece of clothing"
I like the look , softness and uniqueness of this Ruana Cloak. It is both beautiful and practical. I am very glad that I purchased this item.
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