This Minkha sweater is made of PIMA, the finest Mercerized cotton — warm in the winter, cool in the summer. It has been hand knit using the skills of Minkha knitters in Bolivia, whose talents creating fine textiles stem from their heritage in pre-Columbian times.
Pima cotton (Gossypium barbadense), also known as extra long staple, South American, Creole, Sea Island, or Egyptian cotton, is a species of cotton plant. It is a tropical, frost-sensitive perennial plant that produces yellow flowers and has black seeds. It grows as a small, bushy tree and yields cotton with unusually long, silky fibers. To grow, it requires full sun and high humidity and rainfall.
Minkha uses 100% peruvian cotton
This sweater is made from the finest quality 100% Alpaca. It has been hand knit using the skills of Minkha knitters in Bolivia, whose talents creating fine textiles stem from their heritage in pre-Columbian times. Fine alpaca yarn carries on a rich tradition in textiles.
Alpaca fleece is the natural fiber harvested from an alpaca. It is light weight or heavy weight, depending on how it is spun. It is soft, durable, luxurious  and silky natural fiber. While similar to sheep’s wool, it is warmer, not prickly, and has no lanolin which makes it hypoallergenic. Alpaca is naturally water-repellent and difficult to ignite. Huacaya, an alpaca that grows soft spongy fiber has natural crimp, thus making a naturally elastic yarn well-suited for knitting. Suri has far less crimp and thus is a better fit for woven goods.
Alpaca, Photo: Ellis Bartkiewicz