Each day in Kirtipur, Nepal, a small village in the shadow of the Himalayas, teams of skilled women gather to handcraft and assemble our one-of-a-kind Kirtipur Sweaters. Hand-woven on a loom and taking multiple days to create, each piece is a true labor of love.
Introduced in 2014, and our first sweater design, the Kirtipur Sweater was dreamt up as an intricate piece of art for women in Nepal to handcraft, providing skills and jobs in Nepal. This simple idea to empower women has now grown into an iconic symbol representing the richness of ancient heritage with the best innovations of modern technology.
The Kirtipur Sweater, is so much more than just a thick, cozy layer with a beautiful Himalayan-inspired pattern. This ISPO (Internationale Fachmesse für Sportartikel und Sportmode, the world's largest trade fair for sporting goods and sportswear) award winning piece combines the tradition and beauty of a handcrafted 100% lambswool sweater with the modern insulating power of PrimaLoft® Black Eco.
Incredibly warm and ready for cold weather, the Kirtipur has a lined interior and plush fleece collar and hood for next-to-skin comfort. Internal and hand pockets, arm cuffs, a jacquard drawstring and a brass prayer wheel are among the finishing touches.
The small women co-ops who craft these sweaters are now instrumental to the creation of all the pieces in Sherpa’s Himalayan Heritage Collection. Meet the women behind the Kirtipur Sweater and all our handcrafted products.