SHERPA KIRTIPUR SWEATER £250
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.