Cashmere is a natural fabric that has been used for hundreds of years to make coats, jackets, sweaters, shawls and dresses. The silky, fine and strong cashmere fibres are obtained from the soft underfleece of the Kashmir goat which acts as a layer of insulation. Cashmere fibres are approximately three times warmer than sheep’s wool and help by trapping air in the tiny spaces between the fibres.
Kashmir goats are bred in various locations around the world, including Australia, New Zealand, China, and Mongolia, but Italy and Scotland are known for their cashmere manufacturing expertise.
In order to produce one average-sized jumper, wool from between 3