I had the rare opportunity to dye the most amazing fiber today! It’s not cotton. It’s not silk. It’s vicuña.
“Vicuña is the rarest and finest hair fiber available in the world and these animals live only in the upper altitudes of the Andes Mountains. In ancient times the Inca valued vicuñas for their wool, and believed the animal was the reincarnation of a beautiful young maiden who received a coat of pure gold. Only royalty was allowed to wear this precious fiber.”-Windy Valley Muskox.com
My new friend Katherine is from Bolivia and was able to buy some with the permission of the Bolivian government as she is doing a master’s thesis on this remarkable fiber.
“Each year, only 13,000 to 17,500 pounds of vicuña become available.....The Italian tailoring house Kiton makes only about 100 vicuña pieces a year; an off-the-rack sport coat costs at least $21,000, while the price of a made-to-measure suit starts at $40,000. A single vicuña scarf from Loro Piana is about $4,000. Ermenegildo Zegna produces just 30 vicuña suits a year. Each is numbered, and the most affordable model goes for $46,500.”
Wall Street Journal- http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424127887323392204579073090614851288
It dyed beautifully with both natural and acid dyes.
It was a great day at Fabric Designs!
Thank you, Katherine for introducing me to this glorious wool.