Archive | January, 2010

Coo-Coo for Cashmere

26 Jan

Cashmere, a fiber widely known for its soft hand and supple touch may have been limited to high society members and those running in various imperial circles at one point in time but four centuries after its birth cashmere has become a mainstream fiber found in winter garments all over the globe.  The fiber’s producer, the “cashmere” goat is thought to have originated from Kashmir, the upper-most province of India or the Western Himalayas.  With each individual goat only being capable of producing three to eight ounces of cashmere fiber a year, it wasn’t until centuries after its introduction that cashmere began mass production, gaining popularity and respect of those in the textile business.

The Modern day cashmere we are all familiar with underwent a serious transformation over 4,000 miles away from its Himalayan birthplace in the country of Scotland, where the fiber has been knitted and woven since the early 19th century.  Cashmere yarns vary in count, the higher the number the finer the wool.  Depending on its source, the cashmere you wrap around your body could have an average count anywhere from 14 to 18.  Different cashmere manufacturers and wholesales use a variety of knit stitches when working with cashmere.  A Los Angeles Local company, CO2 Cashmere knits their cashmere fabric in a 3X72 and incorporates both 100% cashmere fabric as wells as silk and cashmere blends into their garments.  Silk, the sole natural filament yarn is a smooth and lustrous yarn, which combined with cashmere, brings a light and airy quality to garments.  Silk and cashmere blends create a perfect  cashmere yarn combination for the spring season.

Local LA design room goes Green

26 Jan

CO2 Cashmere shows you how to “Go Green” in Style

Fortunately for companies like CO2 design group going green was quick and easy thanks to the all-natural cellulose cashmere fibers already used in their garments.  Implementing cashmere, a renewable resource into their clothing lines is just one of many ways CO2 strives to reduce their carbon footprint.  In addition to recycling junk mail, CO2 employees are mobile, using only laptop computers- boosting energy efficiency by 50%.

Whether its plugging office computers and printers into power strips or going completely paperless with office files with QuickBooks, CO2 is taking serious steps to a greener planet.  Check out www.goinggreen.com to see how you can make your space a happier and greener place!