Cashmere is one of the warmest and most expensive fabrics. It keeps you perfectly warm in cold weather, being very thin and soft. It is noteworthy that cashmere does not electrify (thanks to this you can easily distinguish natural from synthetic material), and also does not cause allergies (which will especially please people who have allergic reactions when wearing clothes made of sheep, rabbit or goat wool).
Cashmere got its name due to the name of the area on the border of India and Pakistan - Kashmir. The fabric is made from the undercoat of a certain species of mountain goats, living only in some countries - India, China, Nepal, Pakistan and Mongolia - for the animals are acceptable climatic conditions of these countries.
Interesting facts about cashmere
▪ Cashmere fibers are extracted only in spring, when goats start molting. Approximately 200 g of untreated down per goat is obtained. Further processing yields 100 g of pure cashmere. The fabric is made by hand, as automatic action destroys the fine and delicate cashmere. The process is labor-intensive, so the fabric is not cheap;
▪ The fashion for cashmere was introduced by Napoleon's wife Josephine. Having felt the tenderness and warmth of the fabric, she was delighted. Josephine popularized products made of this fabric. Cashmere instantly became the most expensive material in Europe;
▪ A natural cashmere scarf can be threaded through a wedding ring - so weightless are the products;
▪ Cashmere clothes do not form lint even with long and frequent wear - that's how good and wear-resistant the material is;
▪ Undyed cashmere has three natural colors: ivory, gray, black. Closet items made of such cashmere are the most expensive;
▪ Genuine cashmere is matt and fluffy. Fake cashmere is characterized by a smooth fabric structure and its shining in the light.