The most beautiful and top grade cashmere in the world comes from the Mongolian highlands and is only obtained from the fleece of Capra Hircus. Cashmere is an extremely rare and precious natural fiber, as these extraordinary animals live in definetly inhospitable climatic conditions, where the temperature touches, during the winter, even -30°c.
The extremely harsh winters force the goats that live on these mountains to develop a more resistant and longer fiber but at the same time particularly fine, soft and warm, trying to adapt to the very low temperatures of this area of the world.
The greater the altitude and the harsher the temperatures the better and more valuable the quality of their coat. The more the pastures are tormented by the icy wind, the warmer and softer their fur. Light and soft to the touch, but with a very high thermal insulation capacity, both from the cold and the heat.Shop the collection
The cashmere goats have two mantles: a superficial one, made up of coarse hairs and one closer to the body, composed of a short, thin and very warm fluff, called "DUVET". The cashmere harvest takes place in spring, the shepherds first cut the external hairs with scissors and then collect the finest part with special long-toothed combs.
The fibers of the two mantles of the goat are then separated, because only the duvet constitutes the proper cashmere. The classification of the fibers is an entirely manual operation, in this phase the thicker and rough hairs are separated from the softer undercoat, also selecting the color.Shop the collection
After being divided according to the different characteristics, the fiber is then washed to remove dirt, grease and any remaining plant material from the harvest. Only after this step the fiber is ready to be transformed into yarn.
Once the fibers have passed the quality checks and have been cleaned, they are ready to be spun. During spinning the fibers are twisted into yarn, two or more threads can be twisted together. The quality of the finished garment derives from the purity of the homogeneity of the twisted fibers, but also from the weaving process that enhances the natural softness and brightness of this fiber. In addition to the softness of the yarn, cashmere is distinguished from wool by the structure of the hair, visible under a microscope, which remains tubular and smooth, unlike wool, which, being serrated, risks becoming easily felted.
Cashmere is known for its softness, its thermoregulatory capacity, its antistatic properties and its breathability. All these properties depend primarily on the length and thickness of the fiber; the longer it is, the more the yarn is precious and the "pilling" effect, typical of the yarns, will be reduced. For this reason the origin of the hair plays a fundamental role in ensuring the quality of the yarn and therefore of the knitwear garment.Shop the collection
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