5 articles in the category: Chapters

  • 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


  • Chapter SS21

    Chapter SS21 | KNITBRARY

    Cyanotype created by knitbrary

    The longest known journey to and from the scale of tiny, the knot made by the simplest creative gesture of the hand, to search in that creative beginning, the path of a new expression.


    A fractal that goes from inside to outside and back inside to be and maintain the creative moment.


    The journey of the search to build your own identity, although this time the journey has been surverted.


  • The answer is simple: Peru. A place where the art of knitting is a poetic expression intrinsically linked to its oldest traditions.knitbrary was born with the aim of creating an [...]

    The answer is simple: Peru.

    knitbrary - Where?

    knitbrary - Peru

    A place where the art of knitting is a poetic expression intrinsically linked to its oldest traditions.

    knitbrary was born with the aim of creating an archive of the best natural fibers in the world, always working on their original place with local artisans, and there is no place like Peru to find so many precious yarns.

    Our first travel to Peru in 2011 was simply the beginning of a love story.

    knitbrary - Peru


  • "The whole world must be full of color." (Gio Ponti)

    Chapter AW20/21

    How wonderful it is to build. When creativity transcends disciplines, creating becomes an extension of how one sees the world, an expression of a contemporary thought. With careful understanding, like that of a work of art, a crafted piece is to be experienced within.

    Volumes and textures, materials and visual composites are distilled elaborate reflections and a playful exploration of ideas and methods. Such a piece permeates and charms the soul. To the grand thinkers and visionary makers.

    Our AW20/21 collection pays homenage to one of te most influential design visionaries of 20th century:

    Gio Ponti, Italian architect, designer and editor, perceived the form each of his projects in his own terms from essentiality to expressiveness, illusoriness and estructural invention.

    His aim was to make kinships visible; the kinships between the many things that express, adorn or serve our lives and homes. Ponti was an enthusiast of the perfect simultaneity of ancient and modern art, and architect as artist. A whole life fighting for art.