It is soft and protects your from both heat and cold: cashmere.
Discover the origin and quality of the fiber we use to produce knitwear and accessories.
All the sweaters and accessories of our e-Commerce are in 100% Cashmere. Let’s find out more about this unique fabric.
Cashmere is a textile fiber that comes from the hair of the Capra Hircus, the domestic goat, bred in Iran, Mongolia, Tibet, Afghanistan and also in the Kashmir area, from which the name derives.
In these areas the climate is very cold and the goat has had to adapt to withstand the harsh winters, when temperatures drop to 30° degrees below zero, but also had to adapt to hot summers.
Its body is covered by a double fleece that consists of a fine, soft and insulating undercoat that is mingled with the tough and rough hairs, called guard hair. The fine and soft undercoat is known for its thermoregulating properties, and cashmere is produced precisely from that part of the goat’s double fleece.
During the moulting season, in spring, the shepherds collect this hair through a manual combing absolutely harmless to the animal. But why is cashmere so precious and costly? In addition to its extraordinary characteristics, you must know that only 2 pounds of hair are collected from a goat each time it gets combed during moulting season: a rather small amount that determines its value and cost.
The characteristics of cashmere
- A cuddle on your skin: soft and comfortable, it does not generate irritations and itches.
- You can wear it during both summer and winter as it keeps the body’s temperature constant thanks to its thermoregulating characteristics.
- It absorbs moisture and sweat: we’ve already told you that it’s perfect to wear even in summer, right?
- Cashmere doesn’t attract dust and you will also be free from electromagnetic fields: say goodbye to static hair!
- Real cashmere is composed of 2 twisted threads: 2ply and not 1ply!
- It should be used with care: never wear your cashmere sweater for more than 1 day in a row. Read our cashmere care tips to learn more!
Don’t get dazzled by cashmere sweaters with prices that seem too good to be true, because in all likelihood they are made of poor quality cashmere. In fact, a kilo of high quality cashmere costs around 160 euros. How do you explain this price? The rarity of the goats that produce this material, the difficulty of raising them and the meager amount of hair that the shepherds manage to obtain: it all leads to low production numbers and high costs.
At Cashmere Island we manage to sell our garments at a really interesting price as we take care of the entire production cycle, from creation to the final sale, without intermediate partners. This way we can cut costs without sacrificing the quality and craftsmanship of the product.
Recognizing real cashmere is not easy, but we want to give you some useful tips to make your assessment.
First of all, take a look at the label sewn on the back of the garment, where you can read the composition and maintenance tips.
Other important factors to evaluate are the length, fineness and color of the fibers: the longer and finer they are, the better the quality and the ability to keep their properties intact after washing. Pay attention to the number of threads with which a garment is produced.
In our e-Commerce you will find some woven garments with 2 threads and other 4-thread fabrics: the former are lighter than the latter and are better than those with a single thread, because the twist of 2 twisted strands between them goes to compensate for the twist of simple yarn.