So what makes
Cashmere so special?
Cashmere is very soft, warm and lightweight. It has been called 'the fiber of the kings', because it used to be that only royalty could afford to own it. It is a fiber that is defined by very specific standards. It must be a minimum of 1.25" long, be between 13 and under 19 microns in diameter, have a high crimp or style and very low or no luster. To compare, human hair is between 50 and 120 microns. Crimp (waviness) is what gives the fiber loft, and makes it very warm in spite of it being extremely light.
Cashmere comes in a variety of natural colors. Most common is cool white, warm white, cream, soft brown and soft grey. Cashmere will accept dye beautifully, but may not be as intense as other fibers.
Each animal produces an average of 3 ounces of cashmere with some producing as much as 6 ounces per year. After cashmere is collected, it is sorted and evaluated. Then it needs to be processed. This involves washing, dehairing (removing guard hair that has gotten into the fleece) carding, and spinning into yarn. This can be done either by individuals or sent to a mill for processing. Because such a small quantity is produced per animal and the high cost of processing, this results in the high price tag for 100% cashmere.
Cashmere products now available:
Laceweight yarn skeins
Roving, ready for your spinning needs
Please phone or email to check for availability and price.
Any product labeled cashmere that sells for a low price either contains very little cashmere or cashmere of very poor quality. Let your fingers decide if it is as claimed or not. You can feel the difference in the real thing. There is nothing else like it.