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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