Vicuna Wool

Laughing Hens are able to offer exclusive Vicuna yarn for the ultimate in luxury. Vicuna is the softest, most highly valued material of the Andean. This sought after presentation box contains Vicuna yarn and a unique pattern to make an scarf from the softest, warmest, luxurious yarn available. The beautiful, soft warm texture of Vicuna in a subtle cinnamon brown colour will be a piece to own and cherish forever.

With a diameter of only 12.5 – 13 microns, Vicuna is the finest, rarest and most expensive natural fibre that exists in the world. Its insulating properties make it warmer than wool and much, much finer than cashmere, which has an average micron of 17. Availability of the fleece is extremely limited as each animal produces only 120 - 150 grams of fibre and is only allowed to be shorn every 2 years. The fleece of 6 Vicunas are required to create a single sweater, with the cost of a jacket being upwards of £20,000.  Vicuna clothing was historically reserved for Inca royalty, has been worn by Nat King Cole, Marlene Dietrich and even Greta Garbo but is now available to all those who desire the ultimate in comfort and quality.

Vicuna Wool

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Vicuna - the Uniqueness and Luxury of an Exclusive yarn

The Vicuna, the national animal of Peru, is found only in the wild. The camelid which looks like a smaller and more elegant llama, is found primarily in the Peruvian and northern Argentine Andes. For centuries, it was poached for its valuable cinnamon coloured coat, although fine and light it's coat keeps the animal warm in the freezing altitudes above 15,000 feet. A Vicuna weighs approximately 100lb and stands at just under 3ft at shoulder level.

By the 1960’s, through poaching, the Vicuna population had fallen from an estimated 2 million to 10,000. Peru took measures to protect Vicunas from extinction, banning the killing and trade of the animals. With the Vicunas protected, numbers begin to rise. This not only allowed the population of Vicunas to thrive, it benefited the local South American people. They use the chacu method of the Incas—a half-religious ceremony where the local community forms a human chain around the animals and then slowly closes in on them for shearing. The local community also sort, wash and dry the fibres by hand in the first stage of the yarn production. This work ensures that a large proportion of the profits returns to the villagers, giving them a sustainable source of income. Carefully managed protection and only limited commercial harvesting of Vicuna fibre guarantees the animal is captured, shorn alive, returned to the wild.