Our upcoming capsule collection features 5 very special cashmere pieces and we want you to know why we've chosen to use only the best quality cashmere for our moms:
Let’s first start with a bit of history. The name is the original spelling of the region Kashmir in India, which first started exporting this fine wool to other nations centuries ago. Its arrival in the West can be dated back to the 18th century when European women went mad for Pashminas, the original cashmere shawl.
How is cashmere produced? The breed of goats that produce this special wool are called Cashmere goats, which produce a double fleece; a soft, downy undercoat hair and a courser outer coating of hair. The first step in the cashmere making process is collecting the fiber, which is done by combing or shearing the goat during molting season in the spring. To get to the soft, downy undercoat requires combing the fleece by hand, and then separating the undercoat from the course hairs. After hand sorting, the fiber is then washed to remove all dirt. The resulting cashmere can then be dyed and is ready to be spun into yarn, fabrics and garments.
Why buy cashmere? The final product acts as an excellent insulator, 3 times more than sheep’s wool and 8 times warmer, but without the bulk. Think of those Mongolian goats braving harsh winters! Cashmere isn’t only warm for cold winters but it also cools in the summer, so you can wear it all year. Did we mention how amazingly soft & lush it feels on your and your baby's skin? Fine quality cashmere should last a lifetime and looks better with age, becoming softer and pill free with every wash. And contrary to popular belief, the best cleaning method for cashmere knits is cold water, no dry cleaning chemicals necessary!
Why is cashmere more expensive than other wools? World production is smaller relative to other wools, such as sheep’s wool, due to costly production and scarcity. Processing the finest quality cashmere is extremely time consuming as you can see from the production process described above.
Why does price range so drastically for cashmere products? Quality. The longer and thinner the hair the better the fiber quality, which in turn pills less and maintains its shape. Another determinant is the amount of remaining course hairs in the final product. The lowest coarse hair content commands a much higher price, with the finest quality cashmere usually containing less than 1% coarse hair content. Fiber quality also depends on the region where the fiber is collected, with Inner Mongolia producing finer quality cashmere due to its harsh winters. In the end, a lot of it comes down to the weaving and finishing process, which if not top-notch, can compromise even the best raw product. European manufacturers, primarily Italy & Scotland, have centuries worth of experience and produce the world’s finest cashmere garments. If you're buying cashmere for its main benefits, warmth, durability and softness, it only makes sense to buy the finest kind. The cost of producting a high quality cashmere garment is much higher than the retail price of many cheap versions you find in stores today.
Where is our cashmere made? All of our cashmere products are made in Perugia, Italy’s capital of excellence for cashmere spinning and knitting. The artisan knitting mills that make each and every one of our pieces guarantee superior craftsmanship and only the finest quality fibers. (photos provided by Tasselli Cashmere)