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Vicuna from Jacques Cartier
Vicuna
Jacques Cartier
Light Fingering ?
217 yards
(198 meters)
25 grams
(0.88 ounces)
7.0 to 8.0 sts
= 1 inch
US 1 - 2 or 2.25 - 2.75mm
smooth

Vicuna is a rare and fine hair fiber. It is light, soft, and warm. The fact that vicunas only produce about one pound of fiber per year of which only half is useful also adds to the rarity of the fiber. Vicuna wool is sensitive to chemical treatment so it is left in its natural color – a spicy cinnamon.

The vicuna is the wild ancestor of the alpaca. They live in herds on the slopes of the Andes Mountains at elevations between 12,000 and 18,000 thousand feet. The vicuna is very shy and because of this the animal is left in a semi-wild state.