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Cashmere

 

The Production Process

Fibre Collected by Hand Shearing or Combing
Processed into Fibre
Spun into Yarn
Produced into Fabric
1. Fibre Collected by Hand Combing or Shearing 2. Processed into Fibre 3. Spun into Yarn 4. Produced into Fabric

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Cashmere - A Luxury Fabric


The breeding of cashmere goats in Mongolia and in the Kashmir region predates recorded history. References to this fabric go back as far as the 3rd century BC, and there’s indication that cashmere wool production goes back much farther than that.

Trading with Turkestan brought cashmere wool into the Middle East, and from there, ancestral trading routes brought this incredibly soft fabric to the courts of Europe and beyond. Cashmere wool became especially popular in France, and merchants braved perilous trading routes to bring this legendary material back to the thriving European market.


By the 19th century, cashmere wool production was a major industry throughout Europe, and the trade of this wool product provided economic benefits throughout multiple geographical regions. To this day, traditional goat herders in Central Asia benefit from the cashmere trade, and interest in this ultra-soft textile fibre remains high throughout the world. Cashmere is known for its softness, producing a luxury feel.


Cashmere is from the soft fleecy under-layer of a cashmere goat. These fibres are of an extremely fine diameter (less than 19 microns, comparatively a human hair is 60 - 120 microns) which is why cashmere feels so soft. Also, cashmere is a high loft fibre (air within the fibre) which translates into a plush, luxurious fabric with a silky feel.


Cashmere wool provides excellent insulation and is at least 3 times warmer than merino wool. When properly cared for, cashmere gets softer with age. When cashmere is cared for correctly it can last a lifetime. It is a timeless fabric and classic styles will always be on-trend.