What is Cashmere?

One of the most common questions I get asked by my customers is - 'what exactly is cashmere?'.  Most people are vaguely aware that it is some kind of wool, but aren't quite so sure about what animal produces it, or what area of the world it normally comes from. 

Cashmere is a wonderfully soft natural fibre that is obtained from the neck region of specific breeds of goat. It is finer, lighter and warmer than sheep's wool, making it the perfect material for our cosy scarves and blankets. 

The name 'cashmere' comes from the old spelling of 'Kashmir', a region in northern India that is still famous for producing some of the finest and most expensive cashmere around. 

Although Nepal and Mongolia have both been producing cashmere for thousands of years, China is currently the worlds largest producer.