For Autumn/Winter 2017, Atelier Saman Amel launches the next episode of the Amo collection series. A knitwear collection made entirely in what is arguably the world's rarest fibre: vicuña.
The vicuña, or "The Queen of the Andes", is the smallest member of the now domesticated alpaca family and weighs around 50kg. In the days of the Incas, only members of the royalty were allowed to wear vicuña due to its extreme scarcity. In folklore, the vicuña fibre was commonly titled "the fibre of Gods". After nearly having been hunted down into extinction in the first part of the 1900's, the Peruvian government and the Loro Piana company have actively worked for the protection of the vicuña. Over a couple of decades, the population of vicuña have hence risen to a healthy population that continues to grow in size.
The vicuña fibre measures 12.5-13 micron and each animal can only be sheared five times during its life. Notably, it takes up to six animals to produce a single sweater. Due to the extreme fineness of the fibre, vicuña yarn is very sensitive to chemical treatment. Hence, all Atelier Saman Amel vicuña knits are produced in its initial colour, one which we call "natural brown".
All vicuña knits will be priced 30 000SEK and will be sold exclusively in our atelier in Stockholm and here in our online shop. Made to measure alternatives are available upon request via firstname.lastname@example.org