The quintessential luxury fabric
Cashmere is an incredibly fine wool that takes its name from the Kashmir region of northern India. It is obtained from the goats that graze in the extreme climate of the Himalayas, Tibet and the Gobi Desert, which straddles China and Mongolia.
Unlike traditional wool, cashmere comes from the soft, glossy hair of these goats. Having survived the freezing winter temperatures, the goats are shorn each spring - during the moulting season - by the region's shepherds using a painstaking traditional process.
This wool has very fine natural fibres that, once spun and woven, form an extremely soft, warm, light fabric. It is this ability to provide maximum warmth with minimum weight that makes cashmere so precious.