The Cashmere Goat: An Introduction

Meet the Capra Hircus, affectionately known as the cashmere goat, a breed predominantly thriving in the Inner Mongolia region. These remarkable creatures boast a coveted soft undercoat, combed to yield the prized cashmere fabric.

Harvesting Cashmere: The Process

Cashmere harvesting is a nuanced art, demanding centuries of expertise and patience. Nestled amidst the rugged terrain of Inner Mongolia, the Capra Hircus goats flourish, their undercoat adapting to the harsh climate to produce the world's finest fibre. Shielded beneath their coarse exterior, the cashmere layer emerges from under their chin towards their belly. Inner Mongolia's unforgiving climate is a catalyst for cashmere excellence, shaping the Capra Hircus goats' ability to yield the purest fibre. Their selective distribution underscores the stringent quality standards dictated by climate and nourishment, making Inner Mongolian cashmere universally revered as the best cashmere in the world.

Cashmere wool, with its diameter of approximately 13-14 microns (a mere fraction of human hair), and 35mm length, undergoes a delicate process. Expertly combed, washed with regional waters, and meticulously separated from coarse fibres, it emerges in its purest form. Yet, this bounty is fleeting, with each goat producing a mere 30-50 grams of cashmere over three months—a testament to the exclusivity and rarity of this fibre.

Structural Properties

Cashmere's allure transcends mere warmth; its spiral structure offers unparalleled temperature regulation, ensuring comfort without compromise. Remarkably, even the densest cashmere fabric remains breathable, shunning perspiration and allergens, while caressing the skin with unparalleled softness.

Cashmere Quality

At Silk and Cashmere, we uphold an unwavering commitment to excellence, certifying the usage of Grade Inner Mongolian White Pure Cashmere. With a diameter of 15 microns and an average length of 32mm, our cashmere epitomizes refinement. Quality is defined by meticulous attention to three key factors:

  1. Fibre Length: Our fibres boast an average length of 32mm, ensuring superior quality and durability.
  2. Diameter: Precisely measuring between 14-16.5 microns, our Capra Hircus goats yield cashmere of unparalleled softness and luxury.
  3. Dead Hair: The meticulous removal of coarse fibres, expertly performed by skilled cashmere farmers, ensures purity and exclusivity, with a dead hair rate meticulously maintained between 0.1%-2%.

From Farm to Fashion: The Production Process

Following meticulous harvesting and sorting, cashmere undergoes a transformative journey. Spun into yarn and woven into fabric, it emerges as a canvas for timeless craftsmanship. From intricately tailored sweaters to luxuriously soft scarves and hats, each piece is a testament to our dedication to endurance and unparalleled quality.

As you envelop yourself in the softness of cashmere, know that each garment embodies a legacy of craftsmanship and timeless allure, promising warmth and sophistication for years to come.

April 16, 2024 — Ferhat Cengiz