Alonpi Cashmere Vicuna Wool and Cashmere Tritora Throw in Natural Vicuña could be defined as Nec Plus Ultra, a Latin term for "nothing further beyond." | Santa Fe Dry Goods & Workshop Vicuña camelid on sand | Santa Fe Dry Goods & Workshop

Andes Mountain Trail | Santa Fe Dry Goods & Workshop

Vicuña camelid in River | Santa Fe Dry Goods & Workshop Sacred Animal of the Inca, the Vicuña is still held in high reverence for its light & fine wool | Santa Fe Dry Goods & Workshop Alonpi Vicuna Wool and Cashmere Tritora Throw in Natural | Santa Fe Dry Goods & Workshop

Heard of Vicuña near river in Andes Mountains in Bolivia | Santa Fe Dry Goods & Workshop

Alonpi Vicuna Wool and Cashmere Tritora Throw in Natural | Santa Fe Dry Goods & Workshop Sheared to prevent extinction, the Vicuña is sheared using the traditions of the Inca to sustainably harvest its fur to prevent illegal poaching | Santa Fe Dry Goods & Workshop Vicuña camelid near water | Santa Fe Dry Goods & Workshop

First row, right image: Vicuñas close by Dimitry B. / CC BY 2.0 | Fourth row down image: Laguna Hedionda y vicuñas by David Torres Costales / CC BY 2.0 | Fifth row down, right image: Vicuña Chimborazo by Alessandro / CC BY-SA 3.0

Vicuña is a camelid that roams the Andes Mountains of Peru, Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina. Historically, it has been revered by the Inca Indians for its precious wool. Part of tradition called chaccu, once every four years they would gather wild Vicuña for shearing and releasing the animal.

Capable of surviving the cold, arid climate of 12,500 to 13,000 altitude, the vicuña grows an extremely fine (only 12.5-13 microns in diameter), short, and dense fleece with an overcoat to protect from the elements. This exceptionally fine golden wool becomes one of the softest natural fibers, second only to silk.

Due to its incredible rarity (adults producing only 120-150 grams every two years) and luxurious quality, the animal was on the verge of extinction because of illegal poaching. In efforts to prevent the poaching, the government had placed strict guidelines to catch, shear, and release all vicuña in a cruelty-free manner. Alonpi Cashmere has created a vicuña and cashmere shawl, with legally sheared vicuña wool.

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