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.

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2 Responses to “Coo-Coo for Cashmere”

  1. Steve Buffaloe January 26, 2010 at 2:35 AM #

    WAY COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Sherri Turner January 27, 2010 at 1:37 PM #

    Cashmere….yummy! Thank God for those little goats!

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