Thursday, April 2, 2015

Cashmere Yarn - The King Of All Yarn

Cashmere Yarn 

Have you ever wondered why cashmere clothing is so expensive?


Here's why...

Cashmere yarn is mainly imported from China and other Asian countries. China is the largest supplier harvesting up to 10,000 tons per year. Cashmere is collected during the spring moulting season when the goats naturally shed their winter coat. The process of taking the wool from the animal to the finished product is categorized in steps which are....



The wool is collected from the animals natural shedding period once a year. 


This is when the wool is separated from soft to coarse, the soft wool is used for cashmere. 


This process removes deposits such as dander and vegetation, it is then washed and ready for the next step. 


The wool is spun into yarn which is then sold for knitting and weaving.


Cashmere is the undercoat or fleece from a specific goat from Asian countries. Types of goat producing cashmere are the Pygora, Nigora and the Angora goat. The texture is extremely soft and dense which makes an excellent insulator against the harsh climate in which the goat lives. 

It has been said attempts to raise this breed of goat in other regions has failed, making this a thriving business in Asian regions of the world. This wool is harvested only once a year which makes this wool expensive, for example a lady's jumper may require the wool from three to four of these goats increasing the cost of an item crafted in this yarn. 


Cashmere can be used in various products such as scarves, hats, jumpers and coats.
Yarn from Cashmere usually is harder to care for than regular yarns such as sheep, washing instructions are recommended to be delicate. 

So the next time you are considering purchasing cashmere remember how rare this fiber is. 

''Although expensive, many farmers from these areas benefit greatly from the worlds demand for cashmere wool''

Here at we stock a beautiful 100% cashmere from Lotus yarns 

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