Fiber Fact: A Fiber of Utmost Sophistication
The vicuña is a camelid that lives only in the high Andes. In the sixties, they were hunted and poached to the point of near extinction. Only in the past 15 years has it been legal to import them to the United States. In the nineties, vicuña herds made a comeback. Their fiber is collected using a method from the Incas in a community ceremony. One adult vicuña produces only about a pound of fiber per year.