In the world of fabrics and yarn, cashmere is synonymous with luxury. It is a unique fiber with a soft texture that is unlike nothing in the world. It is literally as soft as a baby’s cheeks and is the most sought-after yarn in the entire world. Everything that you make with cashmere wool yarn will be an exemplary piece of sheer opulence.
What is Cashmere wool and why is it so expensive?
Cashmere is the wool obtained from the cashmere goat. Note that generally, wool is obtained from sheep. On the contrary, cashmere is obtained from a certain type of goat that is native to only the Gobi Desert and Central Asia. One can find cashmere goats in areas such as Mongolia, Tibet, Northern India, Afghanistan, China, etc. Today, the majority of cashmere is obtained from the Kashmir goat. The cashmere wool is much finer, softer and lighter than sheep’s wool. Since the wool is extremely fine and delicate, it is woven closely. This makes it twice more insulating than traditional wool. Also, the fact that the manufacturing of cashmere wool has been taking place in Kashmir and other areas since thousands of years, there is a heritage to this kind of wool which makes it more expensive than other wools.
Unlike other wools which are sheared, cashmere wool is combed off from the Kashmir or Pashmina goat. It is a heavy craft that takes a huge amount of labor and precious time. Combing only specific areas of a goat such as around the neck region or under body, the softest yield is what becomes authentic cashmere.