SHERPA KIRTIPUR SWEATER £250

Trail (UK) - - Base Camp -

The pre­dom­i­nant re­li­gion of the Sherpa peo­ple is Bud­dhism, a be­lief sys­tem based on the pur­suit of peace, calm and med­i­ta­tion. But, by golly, there’s go­ing to be a scrap over this! Knit­ted from 100 per cent lamb­swool, the cosy Kirtipur is made more so by the Pri­maloft Sil­ver in­su­la­tion in the torso and fleece lin­ing in the hood, pock­ets and col­lar. In short, it puts the lush in plush. It feels good.

The zip-up hoodie takes its name from the small Nepalese vil­lage of Kirtipur in the shadow of the Hi­malayas, where teams of women gather to knit. Sherpa Ad­ven­ture Gear em­ployed 314 knit­ters to make their sweaters and, in the case of the Kirtipur, it takes a sin­gle knit­ter a full eight days to cre­ate one of these hood­ies. The re­sult is a gor­geous piece of hand­made Nepalese craft fea­tur­ing unique de­signs that cap­ture the time­less tex­tures of the Hi­malayas, and one that helps to bring vi­tal in­come to fam­i­lies in Nepal. As Sherpa puts it, “a beau­ti­ful way to make a dif­fer­ence.”

The Kirtipur is prob­a­bly not an on­the-hill piece; it’s quite heavy and not very pack­able. But for post-walk pubs, fire­side evenings or just wrapping your­self in some­thing com­fort­ing and whole­some, it’s un­ri­valled by any­thing else we know of.

WE SAY... More than just a jacket, this is a chance to own eight days of Nepalese craft and skill. www.sher­paad­ven­turegear.co.uk

The Kirtipur Sweater comes in Maato Brown for men and Dar­jeel­ing Mist for women.

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