Why is Cashmere wool Expensive?
The term ‘Cashmere” was introduced during the 15th century that would literally describe the Shawls spun by Kashmiri Craftsmen on the silk route bound of India. Authentic cashmere fibre is made from the soft undercoat hair of the Himalayan Goat ( Capra Hircus).The typical geographical conditions of mountain plateaus and east steppe and some deserts are the most productive cashmere fiber grower’s places in the world.
As compared to the other wool, Cashmere is softer, finer, lighter and stronger that makes it the most luxurious and expensive natural textiles.
- Rarity Factory:
Cashmere is the precious fiber in the world that could hardly be found anywhere on the planet, it only represents 0.% of the wool production. It comes from the high plateaus of the Himalayas, Nepal, China and Mongolia where these goat’s dwell. It takes six months of long winter when these goats get their undercoat.
- Limited production:
If you look at the consumption level, it takes 2-3 goats hair to make one scarf, so if you were to comb the wool off one cashmere goat, it would take you to wait for 4 years to get one standard size scarf. Cashmere fiber is collected from millions of goats who live in the different parts of Nepal, Mongolia and China but compare the quality level. Goats dwelling in the himalayan plateaus produce diamond-like material.
- It’s warmer that other wool:
Since it’s made from the soft undercoat hair, close to the skin, the products made from it are warmer and softer than other wool. The fiber combed from the Neck area is used for fine woven and knitwear , while the overall collected hair is very less. This sort of wool is called cashmere at 15 microns. It results in producing the warmest materials that you can never find anywhere on the planet.
- High in demand
Among the industry experts, Cashmere is nicknamed as “Soft Gold” and “Diamond Fiber “ that clearly reverberates the grandiose luxury and wealth inherent in the products manufactured through this immense material. Products made from the pure wool of cashmere goats are truly luxurious.
- Season Specific
Every year, between the months of march to may, Himalayan Goats go through a process called “ Moulting” that naturally makes them create a certain mixture of coarse-grained hair and fine undercoat. Since it’s a natural process, manufacturers have to wait throughout the year to receive their order. And when it finally gets into the market it quickly fly.
- Intensive labor work
The look, feel and quality of cashmere garment completely depends on the processing of wool, that requires a lot of hard work from shearing the goats to separating and sorting each strand of the hair individually by hand. The weaving process is followed by the skilled artisan, traditional tools, manual works that also adds to the overall cost of scarves.
How to Care Cashmere
1. Shave regularly. …
2. Don’t wear and wash. …
3. Ignore what the label says. …
4. Wash your cashmere in cold water and use a mild detergent. …
5. Time is the best fabric softener. …
6. Lay flat.