Cashmere is one of the finest, most luxurious natural fibres in the World. It is renowned for its extreme softness, warmth and lustrous quality. The finest, lofty fibres are taken from the underbelly of goats. This exceptionally silky material is said to be three times as warm as wool and is known to be long-lasting.
Cashmere production is said to have originally started around the 13th century, in the Kashmir region.
Until the 19th century, cashmere shawls were used by Iranian and Indian rulers for religious and political ceremonies. In the 18th century, Europeans discovered the fabric and started importing it in Europe, and especially in Scotland and France, where its popularity exploded.
Nowadays, cashmere still comes from Asia, where it’s produced and refined before being sent West.
Cashmere doesn’t come from sheep, but from goats. Although the soft fibre can be taken from any type of goat, there is that one nomadic breed that produces hair fine enough. This breed is found between Mongolia, Southwest China, Iran, Tibet, Northern India and Afghanistan.