Once worshipped by the Inca as a god, the vicuña is said to have many supernatural powers. It was for this reason that under Inca law, only the royal family were permitted to wear vicuña garments.
As their fibre can only be sheered once every three years, in an ancient ceremony originating in Inca times, vicuña fibre is very rare and precious.
Vicuña Royale is the world's first brand to specialise in and exclusively sell garments crafted from this prestigious fibre.
Vicuña roam freely in herds, predominantly in the South American highlands of Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Chile. The plains in which they roam are known as "puna", where very little grows other than tough, nutrient poor grass, called "festuca".
Vicuña travel between altitudes of 3,000m and 6,000m, spending the daytime grazing in lower altitudes before retreating to the high alpine areas during the night.
Their unique coat of fibre splendidly suits the relatively warm temperatures during the day, yet also allows them to endure the freezing temperatures in the higher altitudes overnight.
It is this constant dramatic change in temperature which is believed to give the fibre of the vicuña such incredibly properties.
The vicuña is said to be gifted with many supernatural powers, which is why the Inca would treat them with such respect.
Tribes believed the vicuña was able to communicate with the Sun God, helping to ensure their land remained fertile and encouraging generous harvests year on year.
It was even believed that the vicuña had such power to reincarnate the dead, meaning they were worshipped as a god.
Even today, parents will use extracts from hooves cuttings to bless their children, in the belief it will give them the speed, endurance and elegant agility of the vicuña.
Under the Washington Convention, which is protected under international law, complex legal documents must be provided with any product containing vicuña fibre.
These documents ensure that the fibre was legally sheared in a sustainable manner, without causing any harm to the vicuña or the environment.
Each of our products are accompanied with a personalised certificate, the identification numbers linking the product back to the batch of fibre from which it originally derived.
The purchase of one of our products not only allows you to wear the warmest, softest and most luxurious fabric there is, but also allows you to contribute to the conservation of such a prestigious species.