Despite its reputation as the finest material for the cold months of the year, cashmere and its unique properties are often not fully understood by customers.
Quality cashmere is not only the finest, softest and warmest yarn, but it is also a very durable product, which can easily last 10 years and over 200 wears when taken care of properly.
Here we explore its qualities, the difference between good and bad cashmere, and how to assess it. Lastly, we will explain how to take care of your cashmere knitwear over the years.
At the end you will be able to judge if you are getting value for your money and you will know how to make the most of your garment. Wearing great cashmere will become a luxurious addiction and it will be difficult to switch back to normal wool.
This special yarn comes from rare fibres found in the undercoat of cashmere goats. These particular goats live mainly in Mongolia and China, a region characterised by wide temperature fluctuations between seasons.
Cashmere goats adapted to this harsh climate by developing a double fleece: an outer guard layer that protects the undercoat from water, and an undercoat made of ultra fine hairs with strong insulating properties. This keeps the animals warm in the winter but not too hot in the summer.
The fibres are collected through a very laborious and difficult process and are then divided into different quality ranges, based on thickness, length and colour.
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