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Once reserved exclusively for royalty, Vicuña fiber, with its gorgeous golden color, is considered the finest, rarest natural fiber in the world. Full of grace and elegance, the Vicuna today wanders freely in the Andean highlands after coming back from the verge of extinction.
Known to have the finest natural fiber in the world, the vicuna is the national animal of Peru. Sacred to the Incas, only Inca royalty could wear Vicuna fiber. In the time of the Incas, the vicuna were gathered as part of communal efforts known as Chacu, where every four years people herded large numbers of vicuna into carefully laid traps. The animals were sheared and then released. The modern version of the Chacu continues today as the Peruvian government oversees a program that makes sure the Vicuna are captured, sheared and returned to the wild, not to be sheared again for at least two more years.
With approximately 180,000 animals remaining, vicunas are also listed on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). As with guanaco, this means all legal sales of vicuna products must be accompanied by a CITES certificate. Each item comes with a certificate of authenticity registered in the Vicuna and Guanaco National Register granted by the Agriculture Ministry of Peru.
In contrast to its hefty figure and rugged beauty, the guanaco produces an extremely fine fiber that is light cinnamon-colored. With this warm and silky raw material KUNA produces garments of excellent quality and unusual charm. A result that comes from a primal species, linked to the development of the Andean people from the remotest of origins.
Guanacos are wild cousins to domesticated alpacas. They have a double coat similar to cashmere. Their light camel color under coat is one of the finest natural fibers in the world. The fiber is second only to its wild cousin the Vicuna. The small diameter of the fiber, the process of separating the double coat and the scarcity of the animals combine to make guanaco one of the most prized fibers in the world.
With approximately 500,000 animals remaining, guanacos are listed on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). This means all legal sales of guanaco products must be accompanied by a CITES certificate, demonstrating that the fiber was collected in a sustainable manner.
KUNA Luxury Collection
KUNA Luxury, our most exclusive line, allows us to express ourselves through the finest natural fibers produced in the world: Vicuna and Guanaco. Transforming these fibers into exquisite garments creates not only fashion pieces of great elegance, fineness, luxury and quality, but also the magic of working with animals so closely tied to the heritage of our ancestors.