In today's world of sophistication, a plethora of highly fashionable apparels are available in the market. Consumers have an array of choices when it comes to the type of fabrics they choose to wear. Adding up with man made fibres, a variety of synthetic fabrics are also seen in the store shelves. New ways of processing fabrics has brought a revolution in the clothing industry. Made from very rare and expensive materials, these fabrics are exceptionally priceless and add a touch of elegance to the wearer. Available in limited measures, these fabrics are worth a ransom due to its richness, and rarity.
Fabrics from Vicuña Wool:
Fabrics from Vicuña wool are manufactured exclusively at par with the highest standards regardless of its cost. The fabrics are made from feather light wool and cashmeres which are very delicate and extremely lightweight. Rare Vicuña wool with acute fineness is used to deliver substantial feel and comfort. Vicuñas are rare wild animals living in the slopes of the Andes Mountains, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. They produce very small amount of extremely fine wool, approximately one pound in a year. Due to its scarcity, it is very expensive, and its wool can be shorn only once in three years. Its fur is very soft and warm. During the period of the Inca's, Vicuñas were raised only for their wool, and it was considered illegal for a person not from the royal family to wear a garment made from Vicuña's wool.
Attires tailored out of this fabric are softer than cashmere. Only the best wool, satisfying high quality standards is used. These fine woollen fabrics, surpasses other fabrics in its unique softness, while retaining all the practical properties of a genuine virgin wool. They have a pleasant feel, and drapes well with an exquisite appearance. They cost around UK 4,000 to 25,000 for a metre. These fabrics have a realm of reputed customers in the list; Bill Clinton, David Beckham, and Tom Cruise being a few to name. Overcoats and jackets were manufactured initially, and recently suitings are also manufactured with 100% Vicuña wool. Though these fabrics are thin, they are made up of insulating hairs that are softer and warmer than any other material. As many countries are taking initiatives to restrict the decimation of Vicuñas, this wool has become increasingly rare.
Fabrics woven with Gold Threads:
During ancient ages, people of the royal heritage wore clothes woven from gold threads during sumptuous weddings and other ceremonies. Imagine Rumpelstiltskin, spinning straws into strands of gold in fairy tales. Current days clothing industry gives an option for the 'cream of the crop' people to live the life of a king. These fabrics are woven wholly or partly of gold threads. Gold or silver threads are drawn through holes, in a specially devised metal plate, and are used in a round or flattened way. Modern metallic clothing known as 'lame' is made by wounding thin metal threads or lame around a core yarn. In most cases, a core yarn, which is normally of silk, is wrapped with a band of high content gold file. Fine linen and wool are also used as core yarn. Gold, being a supple metal would get twisted around the core yarn without breaking. These fabrics are woven with a gold wrapped or spun weft, and are different from gold embroidery techniques wherein a gold thread is passed through the cloth.
Cloth woven with Diamond fragments:
Though men are not fascinated by jewellery as much as women do, this diamond suit is for them. Diamond chips are processed into the woolen cloth after the fabric is cleaned and combed. Thus shining threads are woven into these unique fabrics. This is a billionaire's suit and has customers like Robert De Niro, and Jack Nicholson.
And, this one is for all womenfolk who love luxurious clothing. An Indian manufacturer has woven an exceptionally stunning sari worth of Rs.40 lakh INR, which has had its entry into the Guinness Book of World Records as the most unique and expensive sari. It is woven meticulously with 12 precious stones and metal, explicitly depicting 11 popular paintings of Raja Ravi Verma. The images are intricately hand-woven with gold and silver and embellished with jewels of diamond, ruby, emerald etc. A beauty bedazzled with 12 stones will obviously be the most preferred clothing in a 'would be' bride's trousseau.
A wide range of fabrics are being manufactured with finest and most luxurious fibres, with a commitment to elegance. Garments made from these fabrics are regarded as an 'icon of wealth' and will be a connoisseur's collection.
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