The luxury fibre mainly comes from the Kashmir goat and is typically three times more insulating than sheep’s wool.CASHMERE is an extremely soft, expensive wool that is commonly used in shawls, jumpers and cardigans.
But why is the fine fabric so pricey and how is the wool collected for use?
Cashmere comes from goats, mostly the type that roams within Asian areas such as Mongolia, Tibet, Northern India, Iran, Afghanistan and Southwest China.
The luxury fibre mainly comes from the Kashmir goat, but some samples can come from other types of goats too.
Cashmere is typically finer, softer and lighter than sheep’s wool and can be three times more insulating.
It is made from a very fine, close weave and has been manufactured in Mongolia, Nepal and Kashmir for thousands of years.
The reason that the fabric is so pricey is that Kashmir goats only produce around 113g of cashmere fibre each annually.
It takes around two goats every year to produce enough fibre to make a single jumper.
Clothes made from cashmere are up to eight times warmer than sheep’s wool and are extremely soft to touch.
Cashmere items are graded from A to C based on how high quality they are, with Grade A being the best but thinnest option.