As you know, cashmere is one of the most luxurious and sought-after natural fibres. There are things, however, that perhaps you did not know and that we would like to reveal to you. Here are some little titbits for lovers of this fabric.
Cashmere fibre is very similar to that of sheep wool. However, it is characterised by a lack of lanolin, rendering it hypoallergenic. This is one reason why it is considered great for children.
The name Cashmere derives from the Kashmir region, currently located between India, Pakistan and China. Each year, 5 million kilograms of cashmere are produced around the world. The fibre is obtained from a particular species of goat, the Capra Hircus Laniger, known as the Cashmere Goat, raised in countries such as China, Afghanistan, Turkey and India. But the most beautiful and refined cashmere is that of central Mongolia, an area characterised by a harsh climate.
2. The fibres
A cashmere goat is able to produce 100 grams of usable fibre in just one year. Male goats are the most sought-after as they produce a greater quantity of fabric.
The diameter of a piece of cashmere yarn corresponds to about 1/10th the diameter of a strand of human hair. In fact, to produce a scarf takes the amount of wool produced by two or three cashmere goats.
Cashmere comes in three colours - white, grey and brown - but the material can be dyed like any other type of wool.