When we talk about art, particularly painting, sculpture and architecture, it helps to understand the background of the piece in order to have a complete and more educated approach to appreciate what is in front of us. This is also true with some fine products like murano glass, marseille soap, marble from carrara and cashmere from Nepal. But, what is cashmere?
Kashmir wool it's obtained from different types of sheeps. The most ancient type of goat used for the production of this wool in the Kashmir region is the Changthangi cashmere goat. This particular type of goat, has been used and domesticated for generations after generations to obtain the finest wool in the world. Cashmere is finer, stronger, lighter, softer, and approximately three times more insulating than sheep wool. The soft and dense material can keep users warm even when it is -40 °F, although it is only a few millimeters thick.
During spring, goats shed their hair naturally and grow it again every winter. They have 2 types of hair, a coarser outer coating called guard hair, and a finer, warmer and softer that is harvested traditionally by hand with the help of a comb.
The longest hairs used to produce cashmere are located in the neck and sometimes under the belly. A Goat may produce between 3 and 6 ounces of wool. In order to produce one average-sized sweater, you will need wool from between 3 and 5 goats.
Cashmere is an hypoallergenic fiber and is not itchy! Cashmere lacks lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic and also allows it to be processed without the need for high temperatures or harsh chemicals in washing. Cashmere is also a supreme product for babies.
Pure cashmere can be dyed and spun into yarns and knitted into sweaters, hats, gloves, socks and other clothing or woven into fabrics then cut and assembled into garments such as coats, jackets, pants, pajamas, scarves, blankets.
There are different types of cashmere, the texture, color, and length of the fibers all affect manufacturing and pricing. Whiter cashmere fibers require less dye, diminishing the damage that coloring causes to its natural softness. Quality also depends on the region in which the wool is collected. In areas where the winters are colder, the goats produces the finer hair which produces the highest quality garments. The fineness of a cashmere item comes down to that process, as the spinning and weaving of the fabric affects the look, feel, and touch of the final product.
De la Sol has selected the finest and more traditional manufacturers exclusively from Nepal, where the finest cashmere wools are produced. Nothing makes us prouder than to present you with an amazing line of textiles including cashmere, a luxury item that is definitely reached to the top of our must-have products list.
So, if you wether you are looking to treat yourself or pick the perfect gift, we recommend you to take a look at our Sohan Throw made in Nepal from 100% cashmere. Due to its softness, texture, and color, this is the perfect companion for dozing in front of the fire. Give yourself or a loved one the gift of luxury, take a look at our other cashmere throws such as Gokul throw and Mitul Throw
Let's get ready for great nights next to the fire drinking red wine or hot chocolate.