5 Things You Didn't Know About Cashmere
Cashmere is a very special and highly sought-after material, thanks to its unique properties. Not only does it look and feel amazing to wear, it’s also extremely versatile and practical. Here are five fascinating facts about this fabulous material:
Cashmere fibres are around six times finer than a human hair. The fineness varies from 14 to 19 microns (a micron is one thousandth of a metre). The finer the fibres, the softer the cashmere. Garments made from the finest cashmere will have less pilling and will retain their shape better than lower quality fibre.
Clothing made from cashmere is naturally resistant to odour, thanks to the antibacterial properties of the wool. Other kinds of wool, such as merino, have even greater antibacterial effects, due to the presence of lanolin, a fatty acid which occurs naturally in the fibres. That said, it’s important to wash your cashmere carefully and regularly, even if it doesn’t appear dirty, to protect against moths.
If you own cashmere clothing which aren’t in regular use, you should store them in a particular way to preserve their shape and keep them in good condition. Always wash and dry items before storing, and fold, rather than hanging them, in a breathable cotton storage bag. It’s recommended to include a natural moth repellent too, as even a single egg that escapes removal can cause irreparable damage to your beloved cashmere. Shake and air your clothing regularly even if it’s in long-term storage.
Cashmere has amazing insulation properties and even a single layer can keep you warm in -40 °C temperatures. It’s up to eight times warmer than sheep’s wool while being much lighter, making it an ideal base layer to wear for trekking and climbing.
Cashmere clothing will also keep you cool when the weather is warmer – it transports moisture and sweat away from the body, making sure you stay comfortable in all conditions.
It takes at least two goats to make a single cashmere jumper. A single goat can produce between 4 and 6 ounces of cashmere fibres during their annual moulting season. The process of collecting, sorting and refining the fibres before they are spun into yarn is time-consuming and complex, part of the reason that cashmere is so expensive compared to wool.
If you’re interested in finding out more about how to care for your cashmere check out Caring For Our Cashmere.