The first of these featured sweaters caught my attention when I was browsing Novica one day recently. So I did some digging and found that they have a wonderful selection of unusual sweaters that can make a fashion statement. And, of course, they're all fair trade and all handmade. It wasn't easy, but I settled on these four to feature.
This graceful cotton sweater jacket was designed by Luisa Villavicencio in Guatemala. Villavicencio's family cultivates cotton in several natural colors, including this soft ivory tone. The sweater features long wide lapels that can be wrapped like a shawl (as shown here), crossed and tied in the back, or left to hang dramatically in the front. Click the image to see the various options. It's like having several different sweaters in one. The trendy style is completely handwoven into this timeless garment. It's available in sizes X/M and L/XL. $117.99 at Novica.
This long dark gray 100% alpaca sweater was designed Paola Cuentas in Peru. The cardigan style features patterned textures on the sleeves to contrast with the solid body, and the ample front subtly rolls inwards to remain open. Available in sizes S, M, XL. $139.99 at Novica.
This classic jersey cardigan in beige features a decorative grey collar knitted by hand by skilled Indigenous Designs artisans in Peru. The 100% organic cotton cardigan features an open front with an elegant drape, long sleeves, lateral pockets, and hi-low hemline. Available in size L. $124.99 at Novica.
This warm and elegant white cardigan sweater is knitted on manual knitting machines by the women of Orkocraft Artisan Association in Peru. It blends soft first sheer baby alpaca (90%) with nylon (10%) in a fluffy boucle textured design. Available in sizes S, M, L, and XL. $129.99 at Novica.
You'll find more handpicked handmade sweaters at the Handmade Shopping Portal.