Most of our wovens are composed of artisan-made fabrics. You’ll find that colors slightly vary, ink drips sneak in, and small irregularities (like small slubs and "kitties" which are bits from the air that get woven into the fabric) are evident in the woven fabric. In some handlooms, there are bands evident in the fabric which represent the weaver's energy throughout the day (more dense in the morning!) and the humidity in the air. These variations are a stamp of handmade luxury and means your purchase is unique and special.

Treat your MIRTH items gently and with care, and they will last for years to come.

Our sweaters are knit in small family workshops in Lima using Alpaca wool, Alpaca blends and Pima cotton. Alpaca is naturally antibacterial and odor-resistant, so consider washing less often. Agitation and heat break down the fiber, so gentle washing is important.





Follow care instructions on the label. Hand washing in cold water with pH neutral soap, like Ecos or Woolite, and air drying is best to make your piece last a long time, including knits. Some fabrics can be washed in the machine on delicate or "hand wash" with cold water. Flipping the garment inside out and using a mesh bag on more delicate items is a good idea. We discourage bleach, alcohol, enzymes and "regular" detergents; never use these ingredients on cotton/silk fabric as they will quickly make them disintegrate (do not use Dropps, Tide Free & Clear, etc.; these are not gentle!). On natural dyes, like indigo, treat with extra care: wash alone by hand with pH neutral soap. Slight bleeding may occur the first few washes. Sunlight will fade the dye. Fading over time is normal and part of the garment's story.

To wash knits, soak in cold water with a small amount of gentle soap. Rinse and squeeze gently without wringing and roll between towels to dry before air drying flat away from sun and heat. Steaming can help return to shape and remove any wrinkles. There will be some shrinkage after the first wash.


Dry cleaning is possible for all clothing products with the exception of indigo-dyed products. Sweaters can be dry cleaned using only soft solvents (avoid tetrachiorethylen).

On dark blockprints , do not extensively rub fabric together to treat stains.

Tassels can be hand washed and a comb used to straighten the yarns before drying. A warm iron (never hot) helps with any wrinkles, but you’ll find most of the fabrics dry beautifully. Cotton/silks should be ironed without spray or water. We find wrinkles naturally fall out of a hanging a cotton silk garment and often ironing is not needed.

Although our handlooms are typically more durable than machine made fabric, they are sometimes loosely woven by nature and susceptible to further loosening between yarns when pulled extensively or roughly handled.

When storing your Alpaca, clean it first. Avoid plastic, which can cause any moisture to felt the fibers, and only store in a breathable container like a pillow case or cardboard box. Lavender sachets or your moth deterrent of choice is recommended.