Cashmere is one of the most precious materials around, prized for its unique softness and comfort. It is a type of wool, but cashmere comes from only the finest fibres, selected from specific areas of the fleece of the cashmere goat. These extra-fine, down-like hairs are what gives the material its silky texture, but they are hard to source, making the fabric rare and highly sought-after.
Cashmere is often found in sweaters and knitwear offering a luxuriously soft feel against the skin while providing an insulating layer in cold weather. It can also be woven into fabric for use in suits and coats, where its fine fibres add a refined sheen and a remarkably smooth finish. Cashmere is often blended with wool or other fibres adding to its strength and longevity without compromising the feel.
There is nothing like the feeling of wearing pure cashmere. These are the top reasons to invest in the real thing.
Cashmere can be up to eight times more insulating than wool. Its fine fibres trap air and heat, providing extra protection from the cold.
The diameter of each cashmere hair is very small, allowing the fibres to be packed in quite densely with each other. This feels exceptionally soft against the skin.
Cashmere offers high performance without being bulky, ensuring that products containing the fibre are usually lighter than those made from regular wool.
Good quality cashmere, cared for properly, lasts for years. The fibre is naturally strong and retains its shape even after being washed. Read below to find out how to care for your cashmere.