Things you should know about cashmere
Your stole is not just beautiful, soft, warm, comfortable and long-lasting. It also holds secrets you may not have even imagined.
Cashmere is finer than human hair, but it is much stronger
Do you know why cashmere is so incredibly soft? Even softer than the softest baby hair? This is because its fibres are six times finer than the finest hair (yes, that's very, very fine). And better yet, as well as being fine, they are also very, very tough. If you take good care of it, your cashmere will last a very long time.
Four goats for one pullover
A single goat produces only about 100 grams of usable cashmere per year. Hence, it takes 2 to 6 goats to make a cashmere pullover. The worldwide cashmere production represents about 0.5% of wool production. In addition, like all agricultural raw materials, the price of cashmere varies from one year to another depending on the quality and quantity of the harvest. An “exceptional” fabric, you say..?
Cashmere loves the spring …. but can withstand the harshest winters
Beneath its fine, lightweight exterior, cashmere is a kind of textile superhero. It is created from the long and silky under layer that goats grow in winter as an "undercoat" beneath their outer coat (and which is harvested in the spring), it is like an ultra-warm lining for small goats when temperatures fall to around... -40°C. It is said that cashmere is three times warmer and more insulating than sheep’s wool. It's easier to understand why now.
Cashmere is perfect for babies’ (skins)
What is one of the main differences between wool and cashmere? Cashmere contains no lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic. As it isn’t scratchy, it can be worn - deliciously - next to the skin. And that means that you can not only wrap babies in it with confidence. But also…adults with baby-soft skin.
Cashmere only comes in three colours
Yes, that’s right, just three colours. Fibres come in grey, brown and white. We use dyes that do not pose any health risks or that might damage the quality of the fibres. That's why you can happily wrap yourself in all the colours you like.
Cashmere was created from a king's socks
Question: what was the first garment made of cashmere? A pair of socks. They were probably very cosy and luxurious in the Middle Ages, especially during the Himalayan winters. This innovation was not created by or for just anyone: it was a precious gift from a Persian Sufi to the King of Kashmir. Even in the 14th Century, it was already a byword for luxury and elegance.
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