Vicuña is considered one of the finest fibers in the world. The fleece is so fine it is referred to as cloth of gold and at one time it could only be worn by Royalty. It comes from a relative of the Guanaco, Alpaca, and Llama and only produces a few ounces of fiber every couple of years. They are only found in South American countries, with Peru having the largest population. Poachers almost hunted the vicuña to extinction to obtain their valuable pelts.
Thankfully, intervention by means of rounding up and shearing these lovely animals resulted in a renewable resource and reduced the poaching. This shearing process takes place after an ancient Chakku ritual. This allowed the population to recover enough that in 2002 the fiber was allowed to be exported from some countries with a CITES permit. However, the fiber it is still rare and very valuable due to the competition from suit manufacturers so finding it is difficult.
This stunning fiber is in combed top form and so soft at 12 microns that it will about make you swoon when you touch it. This is 100% vicuña and spins like a dream into lovely fine yarn. You are buying 14 grams (1/2 ounce) in this listing. Look for this in other sizes. (The photos with the ruler shows what 7 grams looks like)
My test skein was 6.8 grams (just under 1/4 ounce) of two ply and is 35 yards with WPI of about 16. So you could get about 140 yards of 2 ply spun at that weight, and even more yardage if spun at a lace weight. Please be aware that your results may vary.
Note: I usually take close up photos. Please read the description to determine what you are buying and review my shop policies for further information. I do offer combined shipping. International buyers are responsible for any customs fees their country might charge. THIS FIBRE CAN ONLY BE SHIPPED TO COUNTRIES THAT ALLOW ITEMS ON THE CITES APPENDIX II LIST TO BE IMPORTED.
I am a small home based cottage industry called PLUM CRAZY FIBER ART home of Furry French Angora Rabbits, mini long haired dachshunds, and lots of wonderfully soft and exotic fibers in both natural and my hand painted colors, as well as hand spun yarns, needle felting supplies, artfelt paper, santa beards, doll hair and other fibery goodies.
It is my goal to provide great customer service. If you aren't happy with your purchase, please give me the opportunity to discuss it with you.
Thank you for buying my products and I appreciate your support of my fiber arts business. Bulk pricing is available on many of my products and I do custom spinning.
I ship 3-4 times per week by first class mail. Priority mail shipping is available for an additional fee.
I will also ship international orders. Please be aware that you will be responsible for any customs fees charged by the country you are in.
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Returns & exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
Custom or personalized orders
Perishable products (like food or flowers)
Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Conditions of return
Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
Additional return information
Please ask questions before you purchase. I offer exchanges rather than refunds. The buyer is responsible for the additional shipping costs and 10% restocking fee. Items must be returned in their original condition.
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