The Quality of Cashmere…

So much luxury from such a little goat!

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We can thank the Capra Hircus Laniger goat for giving us the incredibly soft, supple, sought-after fiber, cashmere. For over 10,000 years, this remarkable goat has been present in Central Asia, and is still thriving in the remote regions of the inhospitable uplands of Inner and Outer Mongolia, Afghanistan, and Iran.  The extreme weather conditions and the Cashmere Goat - Selvege magazinescarcity of water and vegetation on this arid countryside have forced these particular goats to adapt and survive on very little. It’s OK. They like it.

The extreme changes in temperature between day and night as well as the brutal harsh winters (sometimes 45 degrees below zero!) require the goats to grow a unique coat, providing warmth and protection. The long course outer hairs are the guard hairs. The underfleece, the fine soft silky hairs, six times finer than human hair, is called the duvet, pashm, or cashmere.  The colder the climate, the finer and warmer the undercoat.

In early spring when the goats moult, the Himalayan farmers comb the fine woolen undercoat from the neck and chest of goat, painstakingly separating the guard hairs from the sumptuous cashmere fibers. This de-hairing process is usually done mechanically but in some regions this process is still done by hand.

Once separated, the cashmere fibers can be dyed to color and converted into yarn and fabrics.  The benefits of cashmere include a luxuriously soft feel as well as incredible insulating properties without adding bulk. The cashmere fiber is eight times warmer than sheep’s wool, yet one strand of cashmere is 1/16 the size of a human hair.

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We couldn’t resist the benefits of cashmere or the story of these incredible goats so we now offer our new cashmere blend tights, leggings and socks. We have blended cashmere with cotton fibers to provide the comfort of cotton and the luxurious softness and insulation of cashmere.

Foot Traffic Cashmere Flatknit TightFoot Traffic Cashmere LeggingFoot Traffic Cashmere Cable Knee High Socks

Thank you, little goats!

-Nanci

Content source: Selvedge; www.thecashmerecentre.com

Photos from Selvedge

3 Responses to “The Quality of Cashmere…”

  1. B. in the Know November 9, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    Oh nice – cashmere leggings! Those would be perfect for the bitter cold winters of Minnesota!
    Much love,
    B

    • nanci November 10, 2011 at 11:55 am #

      You are so right—perfect for those cold winter days and nights in Minnesota! Thanks for commenting!

  2. Audrey November 10, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

    I’ve been stocking up on winter stuff so much lately- that second picture is adorable <3

    FRASSY

    http://www.befrassy.com

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