The word "cashmere" evokes luxury, elegance and comfort. It is one of the noble fibers (like linen, silk and Giza cotton), and very sought after by today's consumer.
Cashmere is soft, lightweight, and a great insulator.
To protect themselves from the bitter cold of winter, Hyrcus goats had to develop an undercoat of extra-fine fibers, with a diameter of 15-17 microns (thousands of a millimeter).
The animals are of different colors, going from pure white to beige, and the entire range of browns and greys.
This means that by careful selection, various complerely natural colors may be achieved without the need for chemical dying, and without damaging the environment.
At the same time, cashmere takes dye very easily and vibrant or pastel colors are possible.
The finest cashmere comes from the throat and underbelly of the goat, and commands the highest price. Fine cashmere fiber is extra long, has a natural lustre and is both soft, durable and warm.
At this time China and Mongolia are the primary sources for cashmere fiber. However, Turkey, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Australia, New Zealand and the Kashmir region of India are also producers of cashmere.
use qualities of cashmere in natural colors which maintains a soft feel and lustrous look.
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Cashmere is highly prized because of the small quantity of fleece produced each year: about 150-200 grams per goat.
It is combed from the animal in the spring, in the moulting season. Each goat
produces only about 3.5 ounces of useable fiber. At least three goat undercoats
are needed to produce a sweater. The difficult conditions of collecting and processing the raw material is why cashmere is rare and expensive. Be wary of bargains! The genuine article will never be cheap.
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