The different quality levels of cashmere scarves
Cashmere is considered one of the most precious and noble wools of all. Cashmere wool gives nice and warm in the cold, but generally has a temperature regulating effect and can therefore also be worn in spring and autumn. Unlike alpaca and sheep wool, cashmere wool is more compact and does not itch, which is why it can be worn well by people allergic to wool. The goat that provides our precious wool is called cashmere goat.
We use the wool from the whole body and so there are very big differences in quality, which we would like to explain briefly below.
The 1st quality of cashmere consists of long and very fine cashmere fibers
Diameter less than 19 microns.
The most precious, fine and warm wool comes from the beard of the goat. These fibers are several centimeters long and extremely fine. Due to the long fibers are possible elaborate fabrics and they can not leak and thus do not give pilling. About 50 grams of this noble cashmere can be harvested per goat per year. We designate all scarves which come from this material with Royal.
2. quality – diameter
The second quality comes from the belly part of the goat. It is slightly thicker and the fibers are slightly shorter. The handle of the wool is somewhat firmer, thus scarves can be woven that have a nice drape. Especially suitable for stoles to dresses. We use these fibers in the Luxe category. The second quality does not cause itching, because here, too, the fiber are sufficiently long.
The whole back is called the third quality. There are large quantities of this quality per year, so it is very cheap. It can be compared with noble sheep wool, such as merino wool. The feel is extremely soft and the scarves give very warm. However, the fibers are slightly thicker and shorter and can thus more easily escape from the tissue and cause itching in very sensitive skin.
We can twist the threads of different qualities in different ways. We use this especially for the 1st quality because these fibers are very fine. For the scarves of the category Winter and Lace this very fine thread is twisted 4 times and then woven. Of course, this requires more cashmere wool accordingly.
The weavers from Nepal are among the best weavers in the world. They weave on the oldest traditional looms, but spend on them works of art! Probably the most impressive weaving technique is jacquard weaving. Read more about it here.
This weaving is one of the oldest and most traditional weaving techniques and only very few people in the world still master this technique with these fine threads.
However, our employees are always eager to try out new techniques and thus weave completely new scarves for our customers. About three years ago, they developed the “Cloud”. In the process, 8 courses are woven at a time and then some are omitted, creating a very loose weave. Subsequently, this is washed very carefully and all the threads are pushed together. This creates many small cavities that can store the heat even better. Since this weaving technique, of course, requires much more wool and makes these scarves so exclusive.
All other cashmere scarves are woven in twill weave, incorporating various design elements such as herringbone and diamond weave.