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  •   Video: Octubre Estudio Models: Marta Toba & Talibe Modou Music: "Never alone" by Strahan Special thanks to the Museo Interactivo da Historia de Lugo.

     



    Video: Octubre Estudio

    Models: Marta Toba & Talibe Modou

    Music: "Never alone" by Strahan

    Special thanks to the Museo Interactivo da Historia de Lugo.


  • Once reserved for Inca Royalty, the delicate Vicuña wool continues to be the finest and most emblematic of all precious yarns in the world. Renowned for its unparalleled softness and thermal [...]

    V-round Vicuña sweater | KNITBRARY

    Once reserved for Inca Royalty, the delicate Vicuña wool continues to be the finest and most emblematic of all precious yarns in the world. Renowned for its unparalleled softness and thermal properties, it is extremely rare and precious.


    In the mid-20th century, the vicuña, one of the most important wild animals in South America and especially in Peru, was on the verge of extinction. In the 1960s, its protection was initiated when a population of between 5,000 and 10,000 specimens was estimated.


    This protected species gives a warm and soft wool, the best wool in the world. To speak of vicuña is to speak of exclusivity and luxury. Its wool is wonderful, a spectacular natural yarn that stands out for its softness and scarcity.


    Vicuña pieces are exclusive and luxury pieces, due to their great rarity and their spectacular quality.

    Vicuña shearing

    Vicuñas are sheared only once every two or three years, at the end of summer, following an ancient tradition called Chaku. In this ritual, the shy animals are gathered from the wild and sheared gently, without harm, then released into the wild.


    Very little fleece is obtained from each vicuña. Per shear, only about 250 grams of wool. In accordance with the Peruvian law and to preserve this graceful wild animal, each Vicuña piece is officially certified and numbered by the Peruvian goverment.


    Chaku, Quechua word that means “surround among many people to apprehend animals alive”, is the term used to refer to the way of selecting vicuñas for shearing, a traditional way already used by the Incas.


    It is the native community itself that shears the vicuña wool: they stand in a circle and shear the vicuñas, advancing in a coordinated manner so as not to separate the group and guide it.

    V-neck Vicuña sweater | KNITBRARY

    Roll-neck Vicuña sweater | KNITBRARY

    This journey can be up to ten kilometers long and last three hours. Between hundreds and a couple of thousand vicuñas can be group together along the way.


    However, not all the vicuñas will be sheared. The ones that are released will be those that were born or sheared the previous year, those that are not completely healthy and those that do not have enough wool. Only specimens that meet the quality standards are selected: their fur must be at least 15 cm long.

    The most precious yarn in the world

    Vicuña wool is the finest and treasured yarn in the world. It is a spectacular natural wool, a delicate, very fine and smooth yarn, extremely soft to the touch.


    Knitbrary is one of the few luxury fashion brands that offers 100% Vicuña pieces around the world.

    Vicuña wool is very warm and soft. Great for temperature changes, suitable for cold seasons and very pleasant to wear. It stands out for its fineness and warmth. Its fibers have scales that, when spun, intertwine with each other and insulate the air. Thus, the pieces made with vicuña wool are an excellent thermal insulator, very light and with a very pleasant feel.


    Knitbrary Vicuña Edition is a limited series of special pieces 100% Vicuña. Each Knitbrary Vicuña is a true heritage piece – properly cared for and loved it is a future heirloom to be passed down and enjoyed for many years to come.


    In Knitbrary we will be happy to assist you. If you have any questions about any of our pieces or about the elaboration process with which we create the pieces in our workshop, please contact us and we will be happy to help you in the best possible way.

    V-neck Vicuña sweater | KNITBRARY

    V-round Vicuña sweater | KNITBRARY

    V-round Vicuña sweater
    100% Vicuña
    Natural color (undyed yarn)
    Limited edition of 6

    Roll-neck Vicuña sweater
    100% Vicuña
    Limited edition of 6

    Roll-neck Vicuña sweater | KNITBRARY


  • Our lives changed in recent times. We couldn’t meet each other, we couldn’t touch each other, but we continued to communicate in many ways, not just through verbal or written language. The wor [...]

    Baby Alpaca & Wool sweaters and cardigans for woman | KNITBRARY

    Our lives changed in recent times. We couldn’t meet each other, we couldn’t touch each other, but we continued to communicate in many ways, not just through verbal or written language.

    The words "text" and "textile" have the same origin and like the poet, the knitter links elements to compose an honest dialogue full of meaning.

    Ancient techniques become new for writing a discourse that travels from the past to the present to remind us who we are.

    A calligraphy drawn with elegant gestures that transmits serenity and passion, a message that gives us hope.

    Chapter AW21/22
    Dialogue gives hope

    Baby Alpaca, Merino Wool, Silk and Cashmere sweaters and cardigans made entirely by hand.

    Photographer: Luis Díaz
    Models: Myriam Rincón & Henrik Tjaerby.
    Special thanks to STEVE MONO for his wonderful sandals and shoes.

    Baby Alpaca & Wool sweaters and cardigans for man | KNITBRARY


  • Discover our new Baby Alpaca series. Pieces artisanally built using undyed natural yarns. Baby Alpaca sweaters, polos, cardigans and beanies by Knitbrary.

    the Cardigan in Natural Camel | by Knitbrary

    by Knitbrary is authenticity and simplicity.

    A series of multifunctional, utilitarian and genderless pieces with an individual character.

    The alpacas have the most color diverse fiber on the planet. These amazing animals grow in a wide variety of more than twenty beautiful natural shades ranging from delicate ivory and grey to soft fawn, brown and black hues.

    Since our first trip to Peru in 2011 we have been in love with this generous range of natural colors of the alpacas and we have always wanted to develop a collection using them

    On the other hand, we also had in mind to develop a permanent edition of basic and genderless pieces.

    Last year we decided to merge these two ideas, essential styles in natural colors, and we launched by Knitbrary. A new line of undyed genderless pieces. Intentionally simple designs artisanally built in our workshop in Arequipa (Peru) using, as we always do, 100% natural yarns.

    In the Fall/Winter of 2020 we presented the wool Series, a first series of 100% Peruvian Highland Wool pieces knitted in two natural colors.

    the Ribbed in Natural Beige| by Knitbrary

    the Roll-edge in Natural Camel | by Knitbrary

    This year we are delighted to introduce you the baby alpaca Series, a capsule collection of 100% Baby Alpaca pieces knitted in three natural colors.

    Baby Alpaca, formerly the most cherished fiber and reserved exclusively for Inca royalty, comes from the first sheer of a young alpaca.

    For this first edition of the baby alpaca Series we have meticulously selected natural beige, grey and camel yarns to create simple and multifuntional desings. All of them conceived genderless to adapt to different types of silhouettes.

    All these designer sweaters, cardigans and beanies have been knitted by Mrs. Hirma and Mr. Francisco in our Arequipa (Peru) workshop sharing our love for crafts, tradition and beauty. Hirma and Francisco have captured their know-how and delicacy in pieces that combine austere designs with the softness of baby alpaca fiber.

    If you don't find a piece in your favourite color or if your size is not available, please note that we can knit it especially for you. Please contact us and we will be delighted to help you in the best possible way.

    the Beanie in Natural Grey
    100% Baby Alpaca
    Artisanally built
    Undyed yarn

    This designer beanie is
    available in three natural colors.

    the Beanie in Natural Grey | by Knitbrary


  • Honouring the manual work, STEVE MONO creates honest and beautiful objects that combine art with utility. A dialogue condensed into intentionally simple and aesthetically exquisite pieces.

    Artisanal shoes (Steve Mono) | KNITBRARY

    We met Gonzalo Fonseca, STEVE MONO founder, in December 2012 when Helena Rohner invited us to present our first collection in her workshop-boutique in Madrid and from the first moment we fell in love with him and his creations. It was the beginning of a friendship that has not stopped growing over time between Florentine spritz and the deep admiration we fell for his work.

    STEVE MONO pieces belong to the category of objets with a beauty that cannot be perceived only through the senses. It also resides in their history, in the hands of their creator and in the patina of memories they treasure.

    Authors: STEVE MONO | KNITBRARY

    Authors: STEVE MONO | KNITBRARY

    Honouring the trade and with absolute respect for the manual process, Gonzalo creates honest and beautiful objetcs that combine artisan with contemporary, art with utility. A dialogue condensed into intentionally simple and aesthetically exquisite pieces.

    A sensitive and thoughtful beauty that captivates with its identity and refined taste.

    STEVE MONO is one of our reference brands and it is a pleasure for us us to offer you some of its pieces in our online store.

    All STEVE MONO pieces are handcrafted in Spain preserving a rich cultural heritage.

    Images by Luis Díaz for KNITBRARY.

    Authors: STEVE MONO | KNITBRARY