100% certified pure cashmere

There’s a magical air and appeal about Cashmere, in all comforting splendor it is indeed one of the most sought after fabrics and this blog dedicated to Cashmere is an attempt to bring out the facts and facets of this fine fabric.

Cashmere is an anglicized spelling of the word Kashmir – a remarkably beautiful place situated in North India. Cashmere goats are found all over the mountainous regions of Central Asia; China, Xinjing, Tibet, Mongolia, Russian Republic, Afghanistan and Iran.

All these countries manufacture cashmere; India contributes by manufacturing only about 1% of the world’s total cashmere production and yet is considered the best. People label the fabric as wool but this fiber is hair which is obtained from the Cashmere Goats.

Cashmere goats are of different colors, white being the most common, followed by black brown, red, cream, grey and badger faced, These goats grow a double fleece in extreme cold weather, the finest Cashmere consists of fine, and very soft undercoat of hair, this hair grows along with a much straighter and coarser outer coating of hair called guard hair. So the 100% Cashmere fiber is only the whitest, longest, thinnest hair from the double fleece and low grade or lower quality Cashmere is the guard hair.

Cashmere has stood the test of time in the world of fashion because of its desirable aesthetic value, its intense softness, the ability to provide warmth, comfort and elegance. It is indeed the most luxurious and sought after fiber which is much softer than superior quality merino wool of the same diameter and hence it commands a much higher price.

 Brands and labels that read 100% Cashmere are often telling you only 50% of the story, the furor over the price of Cashmere could keep you perplexed because a well-known reputed brand might charge you a $900 dollars for a jacket and there’d be many options that sell Cashmere at a throwaway price of $30, Mass Producers who are trying to meet the ever-increasing demand for the fabric from the world over use shorter, coarser hair from the rear end or sides rather than the underbelly, This fiber is also sometimes mixed with Yak or Rabbit hair.

Certification of authenticity will tell you the percentage of cashmere in the product you buy. Lots of sellers usually tell their customers to pull out a thread from the fabric or get a small patch from the hanging tassels and burn it- they say if it smells like plastic it’s not real Cashmere and if it smells like burnt hair then it’s the real thing but the stellar price you pay for Cashmere you want to make sure that you’re getting your money’s worth and even yak , rabbit hair or silk will smell like burnt hair so in this case the real test is to have the fabric lab tested to find out if the fabric is truly 100% authentic Cashmere. Must let you know that this is not only a laborious but also an expensive task.

The Best thing would be to buy from a trusted brand that has gone through the process of the lab testing.

Some TLC (Tender Loving Care) for your Cashmere .Don’t wear perfume or let it dry before you wear your Cashmere- it is known to attract moths. .Keep away from sharp pointed objects like jewelry, Bags and stationery .Dry cleaning is fine however some experts on the subject recommend a cold water hand wash with a gentle hair shampoo .Press and Squish the soapy water from the fabric don’t wring, twist or rub .Never use hot water to wash Cashmere .Treat Stains immediately .Iron inside out on Low .Never hang dry your Cashmere Sweater, let them out to dry on a flat rack or a fresh towel (preferably white so the color of the towel doesn’t cause more harm) .

Once the winters are over, store your Cashmere in a cotton fabric or bag and never store it in plastic

One final word for the world that is positively moving in the direction of conscious living-

Cashmere is renewable, it grows every winter and it does not  involve killing of goats, these are feral goats and thrive on feed available, they do not grow in numbers drastically year after year and with an ongoing ever increasing demand for cashmere it’s only fair that these goats are not only reared for their hair but are also fed well and looked after well to sustain production of the fabric.