VICUNA

These are fabrics woven from super-precious compositions of Vicuña in various weights (planned this season also for more casual use).

Vicuña, the rarest, finest animal fibre in the world, comes from a small Andean camelid. Graceful and lithe, the vicuña is known as the “Queen of the Andes”. It was revered and protected by the Incas who did not permit it to be hunted, and the magnificent fibre obtained from its fleece could only be used by the emperor and his family.

The Vicuna lives in the wild on the Andes mountain range, subject to extreme climatic variations, which make its fleece the softest and finest in the world, but at the same time, with the unparalleled strength of an animai that lives in the absolute wild. They live at altitudes of 3,200 to 4.800 m and feed in daytime on the grassy plains of the Andes. The vicuna’s thick but soft coat is a special adaptation which traps layers of warm air close to its body, so it can tolerate freezing temperatures. The wool is popular due to its warmth. lts properties come from the tiny scales on the hollow, air-fiIled fibres. lt
causes them to interlock and trapinsulating air and at the same time, it is finer than any other wool in the world, measuring 12 micro­ meters in diameter. The vicuna will only produce about 0.5 kg of wool a year, and gathering it requires a certain process.

The animals were sheared and then released; this was only done once every four years. That operation must be very delicate because the animai is very suscettibile and if scared could die of heart attack!The vicuna was believed to be the reincarnation of a beautiful young maiden who received a coat of pure gold from a king. Because of this, it was against the la w for anyone wear its fleece.
At present, the international CITES guarantees that the animai was captured, sheared alive, returned to the wild, and cannot be sheared again for another two years. Once spun and woven, the vicuña is entirely crafted in Italy for discerning, sophisticated customers who once more have the privilege to wear the “fibre of the gods”