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VICUÑA

THE PRINCESS OF THE ANDES

The vicuña is the smallest, slimmest and most agile of the camelids. It's renowned for its elegance, so much so that it's nicknamed "Princess of the Andes". This is an animal that lives at altitudes of between 3500 and 5000 metres in the high Andes, mostly wild. 80% of vicuñas live in south-east Peru, but they are also found in western Bolivia, the north-east of Chile and the north-west of Argentina. Their exceptionally soft fibre was traditionally used to weave garments for kings. The vicuña's fleece has two distinct layers. The outer layer has long, coarse fibres, while the inner layer is extremely dense and fine. This is the world's finest fibre, with a diameter of 12 µm. This fibre is used for luxury clothing, both woven for coats and suits, and for knitwear. The fabric is warm, resilient and utterly exquisite.