What is so special about Cashmere?

November 06, 2018

What is so special about Cashmere?

If you’re reading this, you’re probably thinking about purchasing something made from cashmere. On the face of it, a cashmere scarf can seem like an expensive purchase, especially when you compare it to scarves made from other kinds of wools.

So what’s the big deal about cashmere pashminas?

Pashmina wool comes from goats in the Nepalese mountains, where it’s extremely cold. Over time, these special goats have evolved to develop an extremely warm fleece that holds heat well. Cashmere is created from the soft undercoat of these goats.

Here’s why a cashmere scarf from Carr & Burhill is so special:

  • They’re made from the best quality pashmina wool – this means that your scarf will last and won’t shrink, stretch out of shape, pull or bobble, as long as you take care of it.
  • It takes a lot of cashmere to create a pashmina – as well as being labour-intensive to harvest and manufacture, it takes quite a lot of wool to create a pashmina. Fun fact: around 6,500 metric tons of pure cashmere is produced annually, in comparison with over 2 million metric tons of sheep’s wool.
  • We harvest our wool sustainably and without causing harm to the pashmina goats it comes from – we know exactly where our wool comes from and that it’s harvested safely and kindly, without distressing the animals. The wool is harvested by hand, which is more expensive and takes longer, but we believe that happy goats make better wool! It also makes the final quality better quality.
  • Our wool is ethically manufactured in Nepal – we know the people who makes our scarves and pay a fair wage for the work and specialist skill it takes to hand-weave the scarves.
  • They come beautifully packaged – perfect if you’re buying a cashmere scarf as a gift for someone, or as a treat for yourself.
  • They are extremely versatile – you can wear them in lots of different ways, for a variety of different activities. We also offer a range of colours so you’re sure to find one to suit.

It’s also definitely worth being aware that good quality cashmere isn’t cheap. If you find cashmere at a price that’s too good to be true, unfortunately, it probably is. There are inferior products on the market that are mixed with cheaper, less luxurious wools (sometimes even 100% a different type of wool) or made using very poor quality cashmere wool. Not all wool is created equally!