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.
In this listing you are buying a skein of 100% Vicuña hand spun yarn that is approximately 32 grams (1.14 oz) and 200 yards. I have hand spun and plied it as about a lace/fingering weight yarn. This stunning yarn was spun from fiber that is 12 microns and so soft that it will about make you swoon when you touch it, and you will understand why it is called spun gold. I have more available to list and can custom spin it for you also in different weights and lengths. In addition to the yarn I also have the spinning fiber.
International buyers are responsible for any customs fees their country might charge. PLEASE NOTE THIS YARN HAS TO BE SHIPPED BY EXPEDITED MAIL IF SOLD OUTSIDE OF THE USA IN ORDER TO BE INSURED AND MAY NOT BE ALLOWED IN SOME COUNTRIES. INTERNATIONAL BUYERS CONTACT ME IN ADVANCE FOR ACTUAL SHIPPING COSTS AND AVAILABILITY.
Attention: I do combine shipping on multiple items but they need to be paid for together – Please wait to pay until you are through shopping and when you check out it should reduce the shipping. International buyers are responsible for any customs fees their country might charge. I usually take close up photos. Please read the description to determine what you are buying and review my shop policies- I don't want you to be disappointed in your purchase.
PLUM CRAZY FIBER ART is the home of furry French Angora Rabbits, mini long haired dachshunds, and creations including lots of wonderfully soft and exotic fibers such as vicuña, qiviut, yak, buffalo, angora rabbit, cashmere, mink, silks, baby camel, alpaca, and other fibers in both natural and a variety of hand painted and dyed colors, hand spun yarns, felting supplies including Artfelt Paper, santa beards and doll hair, and other fibery creations. I do most of my own dyeing and spinning. I can offer bulk pricing on many of my items and also do custom spinning.
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