Cashmere wool or simply cashmere is one of the most luxurious and most expensive natural fabrics. Because of its specific and useful properties, this is one of the most wanted materials.
One of the first things you'll notice about these products is their beautiful visual appearance...and the price.
BUT....why is cashmere so expensive? The simple answer is because it is special, really special fiber! Cashmere is special on many levels and we have decided to share a few interesting facts here so you too can appreciate their value.
- This is one of the rare materials that got its name from a goat that lives in a specific region; Kashmir in India/Pakistan.
- Specific process of production – cashmere wool is obtained with combing of the lower hair (the lower layer of hair) from special goats that provide cashmere wool. The Cashmere goat originates from India and Pakistan, although in the ancient times it could be found in the neighboring countries like China and even in Mongolia. Today, the Cashmere goat is bred in many different countries.
- Thin fabrics with great insulation properties, the soft and dense material can keep users warm even when it is -40 °C although it is only a few millimeters thick.
- In order to produce one average-sized sweater, you will need wool from between 3 and 5 goats.
- Cashmere products do not stretch and do not fade (of course, only if you take proper care of them).
- The most popular and most famous factories for processing and turning Cashmere wool into garments are located in Europe – Italy and Scotland to be more precise. The oldest factory that is still producing Cashmere clothing is located in the city of Elgin in Scotland and it was founded in 1797.
- Cashmere doesn’t require special care, but when you treat it, you need to practice hand-washing.
- Each cashmere goat has the ability to produce between 4 and 6 ounces of underdown each year which is one of the reasons why this material is expensive.
- Cashmere comes in three colors – gray, brown and white, but this is a material that is capable of dyeing to a very large range of colors. It can be dyed as good as any other type of wool.
After discovering all this information to develop this fantastic fabric, I'm more in love with it than before!