Cashmere – a name that every woman is in love with, a name that brings a big smile on every sad woman’s face, a name that symbolizes every woman’s fashion goals and dreams, the epitome of fashion luxury.
I was gonna define what Cashmere is and then state its importance, but I think these words explain the importance of Cashmere better.
To put it simply, Cashmere is one of the most luxurious wool fibers in the world. Unlike regular wool, Cashmere is known for its ultra-soft texture and almost surreal smoothness.
The name Cashmere is derived from the name of its source, which is the Kashmiri goat that is commonly found in the region of Kashmir, originally discovered by Ali Hamadani. A specific variety or breed of goat was found to exhibit a fine winter undercoat, the softness and downy texture of which resembled no other goat.
That was how Cashmere began to be obtained, processed and used.
Now here are 3 important facts about Cashmere that you should know:
The Cashmere fiber is luxuriously fine – to be exact, it is 6 times finer than human hair. Go on, check your hair and see of your hair is fine.
The range starts from about 14 microns and can go up to 19 microns. Imagine how fine that is! Oh and by the way, one micron is a ten-thousandth of a centimeter. Now you do the math.
Cashmere is a very good option to keep warm even during the toughest of winters. Especially for those of you who hate to pile up layers of wool but still want to keep warm. Its soft and dense texture can do wonders to keep you warm even if it is just a few millimeters thick. Try it in temperatures as low as -40 degree Celsius; you’ll know.
Because Cashmere happens to be a luxury wool fiber, you might think it needs special care and attention. And most of the time people shy away from buying such fabric just because of that. But guess what, Cashmere does not really need any special care or maintenance. All you have to do is wash it carefully with a mild detergent or even baby shampoo. One more thing; do not wring the fabric or press out the water from the fabric.
Now don’t you love Cashmere even more?
In case you’re wondering why it is so expensive now, well, we can attribute that to its rare quality and scarcity. Cashmere goats are capable of producing only about 4 to 6 ounces of undercoat per year.
So hold tight to the Cashmere that you own. It’s a lifetime asset.
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