Real Fiber

The source of cashmere fiber is a well known farm animal called a down goat. The cashmere garments are manufactured from the fine, soft undercoat or under-layer of hair. The straighter and coarser outer coat which keeps warmth is called guard hair. The specialists offer the information about the cashmere fiber from geographic origin. They say it is given rise from the high plateaus of Asia. Principal supplier areas are: China, Mongolia and Tibet. Today, some quality of primary material is delivered by the Kashmir Province India, from which its name is derived. The cashmere garments of this area first drew the attention of Americans in the early 1900s. The most important feature of the cashmere garments is warmth. Natural light-weight heat insulation without bulk guarantees warmth in any climatic conditions. The example of such the conditions is cold mountain temperature. Goats always are protected from cold mountain temperatures by extremely warm hair. Their fibers are highly adaptable. And they are easily constructed into fine or thick yarns, and make significantly light to heavy-weight fabrics. The cashmere garments can be applied for all climates. The relative humidity in the air leads to changing of the insulation properties provided by a high moisture content of the material. Besides guard warmth cashmere garments have other useful features. They are luxuriously soft with high nap-ability and elasticity. Down goats can be gray, brown and white. So the cashmere fiber has the same natural colors. I heard a story of a specialist about gathering process. The animal hair fibers are collected during molting seasons when the goats naturally shed their hairs. Down goats are molt during a several-week period in spring. The down is removed by hand with a coarse comb in China and Mongolia. The goats are clipped in Australia and New Zealand. Manufacturing of the hair starts from a mechanical process known as dehairing when down hairs of the cashmere goat are separated.