March 01, 2016
Cashmere

The fabric

Cashmere comes from the fleece of the cashmere goat, found in Inner Mongolia, China, Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Afghanistan. It takes a single goat one year to produce enough cashmere for a scarf.

The fibres, which are longer, smoother and straighter than sheep’s wool, are removed with a comb from under the goat’s chin, then spun into a filament ready to be woven or knitted.

Cashmere goats like nothing better than cold, dry, tough terrains. Mongolia is perfect, where winter hits 45 degrees below freezing.

Joel Parkes