What is Vicuña Wool?

What is Vicuña Wool?
Lara Pollard-Jones
Lara Pollard-Jones

Vicuña wool, also known as the fibre of kings, is a luxurious, rare and expensive type of wool that comes from the wild vicuña, a species of alpaca found in the Andes Mountains of Peru, Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina. Vicuña wool is highly sought-after due to its unique qualities, which make it one of the finest and softest wools in the world.

History of Vicuña Wool

Vicuña wool has been used since ancient times by the Inca Empire in Peru, who revered the vicuña as a sacred animal and used its wool to make their royal garments. For centuries, the vicuña was hunted to near extinction due to its valuable wool. In 1969, the Peruvian government declared the Vicuña a protected species, and since then, the animals have been managed and their wool sustainably harvested in order to ensure the survival of the species.

Benefits of Vicuña Wool

Vicuña wool is renowned for its incomparable softness, warmth and lightness. Its fine fibres make it one of the lightest, softest and warmest wools in the world. It is also highly breathable, allowing it to keep the wearer cool in warm weather and warm in cold weather. Vicuña wool is also hypoallergenic, making it ideal for those with sensitive skin.

Price of Vicuña Wool

Due to its rarity and luxurious qualities, Vicuña wool is one of the most expensive types of wool in the world. A single garment made of Vicuña wool can cost thousands of dollars. However, the sustainable harvesting of Vicuña wool has made it more accessible and the price of Vicuña products has decreased, making it a more viable option for those looking for a luxurious, sustainable and ethical fibre.

Conclusion

Vicuña wool is a luxurious, rare and expensive type of wool that has been prized since ancient times for its unique qualities. It is renowned for being one of the softest, lightest and warmest wools in the world, and is also hypoallergenic. Due to its rarity, Vicuña wool is one of the most expensive types of wool in the world, but the sustainable harvesting of Vicuña has made it more accessible and affordable.

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