Cashmere Facts

The basic cashmere properties are well-known to anyone. This wool fibre is amazingly lightweight yet warm, and its price is comparable with that on the finest worsted wool. It is also not a secret to many that this wool sort is produced by a Kashmir goat that lives in Himalayas. However, the 10 facts about cashmere we have collected below will probably make you love this type of wool even more.

  1. Did you know that your cashmere sweater contains the fibres from 3 to 5 goats? This can be puzzling. “Why so many? I’ve seen those animals many times, they have so long wool!”, you may exclaim. Right you are, long and dense wool is what differs a cashmere goat from other breeds. But the thing is, its long wool is not exactly what we call cashmere, as the most precious fibres are located on the belly and neck. As you can guess, not that much of it can you obtain from one animal – 150-200 grams a year, to be exact.

Cashmere wool coarsing

  1. Cashmere has been known on the territory of Europe in the period of the Roman Empire and was worn by noblemen there. The collapse of the Rome has put an end to that fashion trend too. Its revival happened only in the 18th century, when the European crowned heads and their courts have turned to cashmere fabrics again. Just as today, in the past, cashmere was quite expensive for the general public due to the rarity of the fibre.

Josephine de Beauharnais with a cashmere shawl

  1. Today, due to the progress in production technologies, cashmere wool can be applied in a huge variety of clothing and garments both for men and women. Those are coats, jackets, sweaters, blazers, hosiery, scarves and gloves.For those of you seeking only for 100% cashmere we would recommend tolerate silk or even some synthetics in the content of socks or gloves. These garments tend to wear out quite fast, while the inclusions of neylon, polyamid or polyester even in a small percentage will extend their lifetime.

cashmere garments

  1. Whatever cashmere piece of clothing you have, you can be sure it will protect you at harsh winter weather conditions. Its dense structure perfectly retains your body warmth, although these fibres are six times thinner than a human hair.

Cashmere fibre warmth

  1. Whatever you create out of cashmere, it will stay with you in perfect condition for years. This is generally true for the best quality cashmere from the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia. Despite the numerous attempts to replicate the wool quality of that goat breed in Afghanistan, Iran or Australia, none of them was close enough to the wool from Chinese Kashmir goat.

Best cashmere wool

  1. Regardless of the best fibre origin, the most luxurious cashmere fabrics are created in Europe. Those are such renowned brands as Italian Agnona, Ermenegildo Zegna and Luigi Colombo, French Dormeuil, Belgian Scabal, British Holland & Sherry, and Swiss Jakob Schlaepfer. The application of the cutting edge machinery and the highest craftsmanship have earned them a perfect reputation among the world’s leading fashion houses. If you want to try their production at its best, buy cashmere fabrics online at Tissura fabric store.

Italian cashmere fabric

  1. The higher the thread number in the yarn, the more durable and wear-resistant the fabric is. Most commonly, there are two- or three-ply cashmere fabrics used in clothing. Note, however, that the number of yarns is in the direct ratio with the degree, to which a fabric texture is raised, and to the price too.

6-ply cashmere jacket

  1. Very often, high quality and expensive cashmere clothing doesn’t look that chic as you could expect. It can be quite simply designed, yet labelled by a famous British or Italian brand. What you really buy in that case, is the amazing properties of the fibre. Quite often, when design really matters, people tend to spend the same sum on the garments made of sheep’s wool.

Cashmere sweater

  1. In case you are an aficionado of everything organic in your clothing, note, that natural cashmere is matt grey, brown or white. This doesn’t mean, that you are limited in colour options, as cashmere can be dyed with organic-based paints, such as the juice of plants or other natural ingredients, and in all cases it would be matt.   If you notice some gloss – most probably, it has been chemically dyed.

cashmere colours

  1. If you are one of those who always searches for the best in everything, forget all the 7 facts you have read above and go for Pashmina. This exclusive sort of cashmere is remarkable for the unique fineness of its fibre diameter reaching 12-13 關m and 55-60 mm in its length. Pashmina is extremely rare on the market, as its share in the global cashmere production is less than 0.1%.

Pashmina shawl