Five Things You Didn't Know About Cashmere

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The lavish cashmere is one of the most highly sought after natural fabrics, thanks to its specific usefulness and beautiful visual appearance:

The Namesake

The luxuriously soft cashmere wool shares its name with the goat that lives in the region of Kashmir, originally discovered by Ali Hamadani. The particular breed was found to exhibit a rather fine winter undercoat, whose softness and downy texture appeared unlike any other.

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Pretty Warm

Want to keep warm but hate piling on too many heavy layers? Cashmere makes an excellent insulator while keeping thin. Soft and dense, it is easy to keep warm in cashmere even in its mere millimeters’ worth of thickness, even in a blistering -40 degrees Celsius!

Oh, So Fine

The fiber of cashmere is luxuriously fine – in fact, it is six times finer than human hair! Yes, we know you are running your fingers through your hair now. Beginning at 14 microns, the fineness of cashmere goes up to an impressive 19 microns! To put that in perspective, a single micron is a ten-thousandth of a centimeter.

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Wash Them Well

So you got yourself the classic Burberry cashmere scarf… What’s next? They feel so impeccably soft you wonder if you need to take care of it with particularly special attention. While special care is not exactly necessary for cashmere, carefully hand washing it can make the fibers softer over time. Be careful not to wring the sweater or press out the excess water, and use a mild detergent or even a baby shampoo.

Why the expense?

It is not just the lavish touch of cashmere that has deemed the fiber one of the most expensive fabrics in the world – its scarcity is attributed to how each cashmere goat is limited to producing between four to six ounces of underdown per year.

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