The Vicuña lives in the High Andes as a free and wild animal, and is one of two wild South American camelides, the other being the Guanaco.
This graceful, fragile-looking, elegant and extremely agile animal walks silently and alert through the Andean highlands, almost as if waiting for something extraordinary to happen.
Vicuña is considered the most luxurious fibre in the world, due to its softness and high quality. The animal only produces small amounts of extremely fine wool, due to the fact that it can only be shorn every three years. When knitted together, the Vicuña’s wool is very soft and warm.
The high value of its fibres dates back to ancient times, where it was considered a symbol of nobility and its fibres were only woven by the “Virgins of the Sun”. In fact, for the Incas it was considered against the law for anyone but royalty to wear Vicuña garments. It is the ultimate gift from the Inca gods.
Today, the Vicuña is the national animal of Peru and is represented on the Peruvian coat of arms.