The Ultimate Cashmere Guide
Cashmere is the general term for fibers and fabrics that are constructed from the fine under hair of the cashmere goat.
Each animal grows a double fleece which is comprised of thick, coarse guard hairs that overlay a fine down insulating layer of hair. This unexpected source, on average, produces a mere 150 grams (0.33 pounds) of cashmere fibers annually per goat.
It takes 2-3 animals to produce a sweater, for example, and 5-6 animals to produce a jacket.
The annual world production of cashmere hair is estimated to be 15,000 to 20,000 tons, and once the hairs are processed to eliminate everything but the under hair, the final yield is estimated to be a mere 6,500 tons.
The cashmere goat grows a thick, warm coat in the cooler seasons that is then molted in the Spring. The under hairs are only collected once a year during this Spring molting season.
The fibers can be collected using one of two methods:
1. Combing is done by hand
2. Shearing removes both the under hair and guard hair
layers at the same time
So why choose a suit or jacket made of Cashmere?
Cashmere is renowned for its luxuriously soft feel, incredible comfort and quality of the fibers.
Cashmere is very suitable for areas of changing climate and will keep you warm in the Winter and cool in the Summer without weighing you down.