From the Style and Etiquette Man

Cashmere Hats and Gloves

Cashmere. Has it made it to your wardrobe? Maybe it’s your scarf, your jumper, or a proportion of your overcoat?

Cashmere is collected during the spring moulting season when the goats naturally shed their winter coat. In the Northern Hemisphere, the goats moult as early as March and as late as May.

Cashmere wool fibre used for clothing and other textile articles is obtained from the neck region of Cashmere and other goats. With that in mind it is no wonder that small quantities lead to a higher price point for a finished garment!

For the fine underdown to be sold and processed further, it must be de-haired. De-hairing is a mechanical process that separates the coarse hairs from the fine hair. After de-hairing, the resulting “cashmere” is ready to be dyed and converted into yarn, fabrics and garments.

There is a thought that “pilling” (when it can sometimes bobble) is a negative aspect of buying into cashmere, but while a characteristic,  I can assure you that if you look after it, the positives outweigh the negatives hugely. It is lighter, softer and warmer than any other wool used in clothing.

What’s caught my eye are these hat and gloves from N.Peal. Beautifully made, they are a winner. Plus everyone knows that you can’t get enough chocolate at this time of year. Feast to your heart’s content.

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One response

  1. devonfinefibres

    I totally agree about the pilling. Another thing to bear in mind – initial softness of handle may be the result of extra processing to artificially soften. A certain “firmness” of handle is not a bad sign – rather an indication of a good dense weave/knit. A new top quality item will soften with wear very considerably. Quality is not just to do with fineness of fibre but also with quality of processing. You get what you pay for! I produce cashmere here in the UK from my own elite flock of 200 goats so have some insight into this – from goat to garment!

    December 27, 2011 at 6:35 am

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