Men - Luxury Icons - Vicuña
Vicuña is the smallest member of the Camelidae family and lives in the wild on the Cordillera of the Andes in Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. In ancient times it was considered a gift from Inti, the Incan god of the sun who could melt snow and change it into streams to fertilize the soil. The vicuña embodied the divine thanks for the presents the Incan people made to the beneficent Inti. Only the royal family was allowed to wear the precious fibre and, still today, deeply-rooted legends in the Andean countries abound regarding the magic properties of the most honoured vicuña. Vicuña’s wool is the finest fibre which can be processed, with an average diameter of 12-13 microns. An adult vicuña can produce only 250 grams of wool every two years. Its coat is the softest, shiniest and warmest in the world. It is usually of a reddish-brown colour while the white or albino Vicuña is extremely rare.