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Object Name: Dog sweater
Date: 2003
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Medium: Alpaca
Dimensions: Overall: 6 1/2 x 10 in. ( 16.5 x 25.4 cm )
Place made: South America, Bolivia
Description: Hand-knit alpaca fiber dog sweater in green, blue, rust, ochre stripes with geometric motifs. Sweater has folded-over collar and two holes for dog's forelegs.
Credit Line: Purchase
Object Number: 2003.16.9
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Marks: printed: on label attached to sweater: "Alma de los Andes / Spirit of the Andes / is a line of items hand knit by poor women living in the high areas of Bolivia. The majority of the women have been abandoned by their husbands..."

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This dog sweater and other handmade items were purchased from New York Exchange for Woman's Work during the last week of its operation in February, 2003. The Exchange was founded in 1878 by Candace Wheeler and Mary Atwater Choate to provide respectable women who needed to earn living, particularly Civil War widows, a viable means for supporting themselves. The exchange was forced to close in 2003 due to high overhead and a waning market for handmade goods.