ART. VICUNA / CASHMERE V. 1 CAMEL
50% VICUNA, 50% CASHMERE – MADE IN ITALY
€ 550,00 /MT – STOCK RPICE
(COMMERCIAL VALUE € 1.800,00)
GR 450 – H 150 cm
SELVEDGE SIGNED “VICUNA E CASHMERE – PERU’- MADE IN BIELLA’’ (EQUIPPED BY LABEL)
THE VICUNA, THE MOST VALUABLE AND EXCLUSIVE TEXTILE FIBER IN THE WORLD, ALSO CALLED “FIBER OF THE GODS”, COMBINED WITH THE VERY PRECIOUS CASHMERE.
UNISEX FABRIC SUITABLE FOR: COATS, HEAVY JACKETS, CAPES, BLANKETSS, PLAIDS, HATS, ETC..
POSSIBILITY TO REQUEST A SAMPLE: COST € 10 EACH (CM 10X10).
Vicuña: history of the most precious fabric in the world
The finest and most exclusive textile fiber in the world derives from the smallest of South American camelids: the vicuña.
The 80% of this protected species, of which today there are about 180,000 specimens, lives in the Andes, in huge farms that allow it to live in the wild. This animal, considered sacred by the Incas population, has risked extinction since 1572, a date that marks the end of the Inca Empire, in the 1970s.
The decline of this breed, which began following the Spanish colonization, was caused first by the conquistadors and subsequently by the poachers who have persecuted this animal for centuries in order to take possession of its precious fleece.
In 1960 there were about 5 thousand specimens, unlike the 3 million present in the sixteenth century. Thus, the first attempts by the Peruvian state to safeguard this animal species began between the 1960s and 1970s, resulting in the creation of nature reserves and the issuance of decrees regulating its killing and trade.
It was in Washington, in 1976, that the vicuña was included in Appendix I, reserved for species that need the highest degree of protection. This action, undertaken by the UN international convention regulating the trade in endangered animals and plants, decreed the end of all forms of exploitation of the vicuña.
Numerous reasons justify the preciousness of the coat of this animal which is considered so valuable that it is even nicknamed “Fleece of the Gods”. The difficulty of finding due to the low number of existing specimens is added to the minimum quantity of wool produced by this adult animal, which is about 100 grams of fiber every two years, a minimum quantity considering that for a coat it is necessary to use the fleece of about 25-30 adult animals.
Finally the outermost layer of hair that the vicuña develops, has a fiber with a diameter of 12 microns, thinner than cashmere which reaches 15 µm. This makes it one of the finest fibers in the world and also justifies its soft and shiny appearance and the nickname “fiber of the gods”.
For cleaning, ask the specialized centers for dry cleaning only, do not bleach. Do not use the dryer, iron at low temperature.
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