In 1786, the Spanish diplomat James Gardoqui presented George Washington with six yards of "his Majesty's [Charles III] true Manufactur'd cloth so notted for its richness, call'd Vicuna." Made from the highly-prized fleece of the vicuna, a South American animal related to the llama, the production of the cloth was carefully regulated by the Spanish crown. Washington praised its beauty and had his yardage made into a suit, consisting of a coat, waistcoat, and breeches. This small fragment is possibly all that survives from that luxuriously soft and warm garment. More


c. 1786





Overall (H x W): 1 3/4 in. x 2 in. x 1/16 in. (4.45 cm x 5.08 cm x 0.15 cm)


Purchase, 1952

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