The origins of cashmere come from the Himalayan regions of Central and Southwest Asia. Currently, the most notable places where the cashmere goats live are China and Mongolia because they thrive in adverse condition. They are able to grow thick coats for the frigid mountain winters. Actual cashmere comes in the spring when the goats are combed for their downy under-layer fibers. These fibers are also obtained when the goats are sheared or they molt their thick fur.
Grades of Cashmere
Grade A – this type of fiber is considered the best in quality due to it being the longest and thinnest fibers. The thread is fine and soft, resulting in fabrics created from this type of cashmere to typically last longer than the rest.
Grade B – this type of fiber is thicker than Grade A, but it is still a luxurious fabric. It isn’t as soft as Grade A, nor does it cost as much.
Grade C – this is the lowest quality of fiber because of its thickness. The garments made from this fiber aren’t as soft.
Care for Your Garment
It is best for you to have your garment professionally cleaned once a year. This can be done by a furrier. Yudofsky Fur and Leather is equipped to clean cashmere, as well as store it during the summer months. You will want to have your cashmere, like fur, stored in a cold storage vault to prevent damage to your garment. Moths are drawn to cashmere products, and will eat through them, if you store your piece at home, which will damage your piece, sometimes beyond repair.
The Benefits of Cashmere
Cashmere is a wonderful product to own because of its many benefits. For one, the garment does not wrinkle as easily as other fabrics. Another great thing about cashmere is the warmth it provides while being light weight, making it ideal for the winter months. Cashmere garments are long lasting and typically become softer with age.