WORLD'S MOST EXPENSIVE WOOL
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST
STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST
What is the most expensive wool in the world?
Next time you pull that favourite
wool sweater over your head, consider this: depending on the type of wool used,
that same sweater could cost $1800 to $3000 a yard to make. That’s how much the
world’s most expensive wool costs. The wool comes from an animal called the
vicuņa, which is in the same animal family as the llama and the alpaca. Origins
of South America, these animals are so desired that they are nearing the point
of extinction. This is one reason why the wool is so expensive. Another reason
for the huge expense is due to the animal’s skittish nature. They are extremely
difficult to catch and to harvest the wool.
It may also be the most expensive due to its high
quality nature and because it is so incredibly warm. The warmth is generated by
tiny interlocking scales that trap heat in, protecting the wearer from the cold.
Due to its sensitive nature, the colour of the wool is left in its natural state
because it cannot deal with harsh chemicals.
The vicuņa is now protected by government, and has
been since 1974 when there were only approximately 6,000 vicuņas left. Today
there are over 125,000 but regulations remain in place. One of these animals
will produce one pound of wool per year and this can only be harvested every
three years under law. Once the vicuņa has been caught, they are sheared before
being returned to the wild. Clothing that is made with this precious wool will
come with a certificate stating that the vicuņa was legally harvested.
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