Everything You Need to Know About Our Cashmere
Cashmere can be a loaded word. Akin to a wearable hug, it’s impossibly soft to the touch, dreamy to the eye, and goes with everything. So what makes it so? We’re here to shed (pun def intended) some light on where our cashmere hails from and why it’s so sought-after.
The first thing to know is that cashmere is scarce. The wool comes from the fleece of the cashmere goat, which can only be found in Mongolia, China, Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Afghanistan. The fibers of the goat’s warming undercoat are separated from a coarser protective top coat during a labor-intensive task that involves combing and sorting the hairs by hand. This time-consuming job contributes to the relatively low global production rate of cashmere: approximately 6,500 metric tonnes of pure cashmere annually, as opposed to 2 million metric tonnes of other types of wool.
Our cashmere in particular comes from the undercoat of the lovely Hycrus goat (below). The select fibers come from Northern China and Mongolia where our supplier has excellent relationships with the goat herders who breed the Hycrus. The goats’ undercoat consists of the finest and softest fibers, which have an average diameter of 14.5 micron, creating an insulating layer to survive their hostile habitat, through harsh cold weather and torrid heat waves.
This adaptive insulation is also why our cashmere keeps you “cool in the summer and warm in the winter”, as the song goes.
Each spring, the goat herders harvest the undercoat and when in batches, the buying process lasts more than a month, at the end of which the bundles of fibers are transported and checked in the lab to undergo the first phase of quality analysis. They’re then sent for quality testing (yet again) in Piedmont, Italy before they’re spun into an exceptionally soft cashmere yarn in the mills.
Given the scarcity and hard-won nature of cashmere, how do you keep your sweaters in mint condition? If taken care of properly, your cashmere pieces will last forever, so you’ll want to take a read of our Cashmere Care Guide.
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