Cashmere is warmer than lambswool but shares many of the same qualities. It’s lightweight, breathable, hydrophobic, insulating, odour resistant and seriously soft to the touch. So soft, we liken it to being wrapped in a marshmallow, it’s the softest material to wear next to your skin especially more delicate areas such as the chin and neck. To find our more about the qualities that cashmere shares with lambswool, head to our previous post which takes a closer look at the benefits of lambswool. However what is it that makes cashmere warmer than lambswool and why is it’s price higher? With our recent journey into cashmere, we have taken a closer look at this luxurious material.
Taken from the underbelly fleece of the cashmere goat predominantly from the Mongolian area of China where the extremes in climate mean the fleece grows to be incredibly soft. Only taken from the underbelly once a year, it can take a great number of goats clips to get for example 1 kilo of cashmere needed for production. The goats also produce delicious milk which is a brilliant bi-product for the farmers and provides them with an additional income. Being made within this extreme climate means cashmere can be used in any climate and adjusts itself to continue to insulate in all conditions.
The fine nature of cashmere which gives it the soft handle and feel makes the yarn delicate and as a result can be technically challenging to knit with, especially for more complicate structures where the machines have to run slower than if it was being made in the equivalent lambswool. Knitted tighter than other yarns means that cashmere doesn’t pile like lambswool but this does all add again to the cost of the lustrous fibre.
You might be thinking, why buy cashmere?
Pure cashmere and even lambswool products are expensive, however when you consider they are some of the softest and longest wearing products available, that’s not a bad thing. It’s going to last you a lifetime when cared for properly and therefore price per wear is incredible. Similar to lambswool, how can you not love cashmere.