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post #16 of 22
Vintage vicuña tends to be softer than all but the highest quality cashmere.
Post a picture of the union made label and I'll compare with those in my vicuña overcoats.
post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by AlanC
Dropping by the Robb Report website, I did find this extensive article on vicuna: Andean Gold.

Interesting article - first I've ever heard of the "shatoosh"... so there's actually something better than vicuna!
post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by hye
Interesting article - first I've ever heard of the "shatoosh"... so there's actually something better than vicuna!
I understand shatoosh is now illegal and may--like tiger skins, authentic musk, and all that goodness--only be purchased on the black market.
post #19 of 22
I read about shatoosh in Vogue France in 1998 -- my understanding of reading the article at that time (I was better with french back then, but nowhere near fluency) was that it was becoming endangered and many countries were starting to ban it at that time. I definitely came away thinking it was the best fabric ever.
post #20 of 22
In a blind test, cashmere, vicuna, guanaco and alpaca will seem very similar.
post #21 of 22
the easy way to tell.
hold a cashmere garment in one hand. hold the garment marked vicuna
in the other. if the one marked vicuna feels far softer and more silky
than the cashmere.
then its really is vicuna.
post #22 of 22

Do you know much about Vicuna?

And where I would be most likely to get a fabric sample?

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