The fur (q.v.) of this rodent was prized by the ancient Peruvians, who made coverlets and other articles with the skin, and at the present day the skins are exported in large numbers to Europe, where they are made into muffs, tippets and trimmings.
A soft tip will help protect light tippets: this is achieved by increasing flex and reducing mass.
He says that he knows of people using tippets of up to 16 feet with a standard five foot leader.
In the summer they had white tippets and cottage bonnets with brown ribbon across and tied under the chin.