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About Cashmere

CARE:

Dry cleaning is recommended when necessary.  Spot clean with cool water when possible.

 

THE FIBER:

Cashmere is a super-fine wool that is famous for it's downy soft texture.  It's the warmest natural insulation in the world, and has been produced in the Himalayan region since time immemorial.  The words Pashmina and Cashmere are one and the same, Pashmina being drawn from “Pashm”, meaning the fine inner wool of the Himalayan mountain goat that produces the fiber, and Cashmere, from the Kashmir region of Asia where some of the most beautiful designs originated.

The Capra-Hircus goat that supplies this fine fiber resides high in the mountains 10,000 ft above sea level. Domesticated in the highlands of Nepal, each spring villagers harvest the Pashmina by laboriously combing out the shedding hair of live goats. After collection, the fiber goes through many specialized processes, such as carding, spinning, dyeing, warping, weaving, fringe making and ironing, all entirely by hand.