Pure cashmere provides the best insulation in the world. It's delicate in texture, yet incredibly warm and very strong. Cashmere is much softer to touch than wool and keeps in the heat without adding too much bulk. But why is cashmere so expensive?
There are two main reasons why cashmere is expensive:
1. Limited quantity of cashmere fibre available in the world
2. The labor-intensive process it takes to weave each product.
Real cashmere comes from mountain goats that live above 14,000 feet in the mountain areas of Nepal and Mongolia. To survive the freezing temperatures at -35 degrees, the goats grow a unique, incredibly soft inner coast of hair - six times finer than human hair.
It takes a single goat two to three years to produce enough cashmere fibre for just one shawl. Producing one involves countless hours to raise, feed and care for the animal. The fibres are shed naturally and thus no harm is done to the animals. High-quality cashmere is also ALWAYS hand combed.
Because real cashmere is so delicate, it cannot be spun by machine. Cashmere has to be hand-woven. The best form of cashmere weaving is by using two ply yarn. In total it takes least 10-14 days to finish hand weaving one cashmere shawl.
After seeing the effort that goes into making cashmere products, I appreciate and treasure cashmere even more! It softness and featherlight weight makes it the perfect luxury product and a highly desirable accessory for any women.