Vicunas have the most expensive fur, which is used to make fine wool. These South American Andes animals are cousins to the llama and the alpaca and their soft undercoats are highly prized. Vicuna fur is found in clothing such as scarves and even ponchos; all of them have one thing in common: high price tags.
One reason for the high cost is that the animals are hard to catch. The process can be painstaking, involving months of preparation, and when everything is finally set up and the nets are in place, the slightest mistake can result in a failed roundup.