Cashmere is a form of wool that keeps sheet and people warm and comfortable in the cold, harsh weather of the winter in four season climates. There are solid scientific reasons why cashmere delivers such comfort in cold climates and how it delivers the look and warmth for which it is famous.
Where Does Cashmere Come From?
Cashmere is a softer form of wool, which is legendary for keeping both sheep and people warm. Wool keeps you warm because it is composed of a scientifically sophisticated organized web of fibers on a sheep’s back. Sheep are sheared during spring months after their wool has grown in thickness over the cold winter months.
The average weight of a sheep’s fleece is around 3.7 kilograms; but, some larger sheep can have up to 13.6 kilograms. Even when a sheep’s wool gets wet from heavy rain, the sheep stays warm and comfy thanks to this amazing fiber.
Why Does Cashmere Keep Sheep, Goats, and Humans Warm?
Wool from a sheep’s or goat’s underbelly or chin and neck is the prime ingredient in cashmere. The highest quality cashmere contains the longest and finest hair closest to the skin of the animal. Genuine cashmere includes fibers, the diameter of each must be less than 19 microns.
The finest cashmere products are made from even smaller diameter fibers, around 14 microns, which is ultra-thin by any measurement standard. According to the Los Angeles Times, genuine cashmere is eight times warmer than sheep’s wool. It is also much lighter than wool, because of the thinness of the fibers used.
Genuine cashmere come from the Capra-Hircus goat, which lives in the Himalayan Mountains and Mongolia. It is cold much of the year in these locales. Quality sellers, such as MyPashmina.co.uk, regularly test the quality of the cashmere they offer customers. In MyPashmina’s case, we test our products every few months for quality consistency.
Since these goats have two layers of wool, if you were to “pet” a Capra-Hircus goat you would feel the rough wool on its outside. But, if you examined it further (assuming the goat would let you do so), you would be impressed with the softness of its wool closest to its skin, which keeps the goat warm and cozy in the coldest of weather. This is the wool that we use for our cashmere products.
While cashmere is much lighter than traditional wool, it keeps you eight times warmer than wool. Whether you have a cashmere scarf or sweater, you will remain fashionable and cozy wearing genuine cashmere garments.
The reason cashmere keeps its host animal – and you – warm, is because its fibers trap natural body warmth, which makes it “breathable” to help cool you down in the summer. While you might think of wearing wool in the summer heat, you’ll remain comfortable wearing cashmere.
Visit MyPashmina.co.uk to see the genuine cashmere products we offer. The only thing you’ll miss is feeling the plush difference in cashmere versus rougher wool. However, both will keep you warm in winter, cool in summer, and always looking fashionable.