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Ancient Vicuna Wool-shearing Tradition Lives On In Peruvian Andes

mountainside to do a centuries-old custom of shearing the exceptionally valued fleece off vicunas, which are family members of the llama.One week every year, the workers of Totoroma, a town 50km toward the southwest of Lake Titicaca, unite for a course of grouping and shearing referred to locally as the chaccu.먹튀사이트

They walk up the mountainside and crowd around 500 vicunas back down the slant into a pen made of posts and three-meter high cross section an important insurance to keep the light-footed individuals from the camelid family from getting away.

The comuneros people, some in any event, conveying youngsters wrap facing the cold and wear wide-overflowed caps to shield them from the sun.

Members of the local area of Totoroma shearing a vicuna during the yearly vicuna gather together and shearing festival.Members of the local area of Totoroma shearing a vicuna during the yearly vicuna gather together and shearing celebration.

“It’s a hereditary action that has been going on since days of yore and presently we’re assisting as a public state organization,” vet Jaime Figueroa told AFP.

Jesus Pilco Mamani is continuing in the strides of his dad and granddads.”I began filling in as a comunero in 1986,” he told AFP.

The vicuna shows up on Peru’s public escutcheon and there are an expected 200,000 of the Andean camelid in the country.Unlike llamas and alpacas, among Andean camelids, vicunas and guanacos have not been domesticated.Unlike llamas and alpacas, among Andean camelids, vicunas and guanacos have not been tamed.

The yearly chaccu helps support families in 290 networks in the Peruvian Andes.Vicuna fleece is exceptionally valued for its delicate characteristics and is one of the most costly on the planet.

The vicunas inhabit least 3,500m above ocean level so getting their fleece – by gathering together and shearing them – is a troublesome assignment.The people group in the Peruvian Andes produce around 10 tons of vicuna fleece a year.

In contrast to llamas and alpacas, among Andean camelids, vicunas and guanacos have not been tamed.

Alpaca fleece is undeniably more normal, while llama fleece can be utilized to make mats and covers yet is considered excessively unpleasant for apparel. Guanaco fleece is likewise exceptionally valued, albeit not however delicate as vicuna.

Vicuna fleece may be profoundly valued for its delicate characteristics and is one of the most costly in the world.Vicuna fleece is exceptionally valued for its delicate characteristics and is one of the most costly on the planet.

Inside the pen, the comuneros hold each earthy colored vicuna down on a cover on the ground while a specialist rapidly shears them utilizing a machine controlled by a convenient generator.The fleece of every vicuna is gathered and put inside individual plastic packs.

When shorn, the vicuna is promptly let out of the pen and runs at maximum velocity back up the mountain.A kilogram of natural vicuna fleece sells for US$400 (RM1,664) considerably more than alpaca fleece.

In any case, a solitary sheared alpaca produces three kilograms of fleece, contrasted with “150g to 180g” from the a lot more modest vicuna, Erick Lleque Quisoe, an authority in the local Puno government, revealed to AFP.Aerial see showing individuals from the local area of Totoroma partaking in the conventional chaccu celebration in Puno, southern Peru, in August.

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