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Craftsmanship

What makes our cashmere so special

We take great pride in every design, every thread, every twist, every yarn and every stitch.

Our cashmere comes from Inner Mongolia, where our mill has been buying sustainably sourced fibre from the same farms for many years. Winters are extremely harsh in this part of the world, but the cold weather has one benefit at least: it stimulates growth of the goats’ coats from which cashmere is harvested. The colder the winter, the longer the goats’ hair grows and the better the harvest.

When spring comes, the raw cashmere fibre is harvested from the goats’ soft, downy undercoat. Most of the coat is made up of coarser, protective ‘guard’ hair which has to be painstakingly separated out from the lovely soft hair underneath. And that’s only the beginning of the story: the cashmere in our wraps goes through at least 25 more processes before it is finally rinsed in Highland water – which is what makes our cashmere so soft – and gently dried.

We are often asked why our cashmere is more expensive than cashmere made in China. The answer is simple: Chinese manufacturers tend to produce cashmere for the mass market so they use the shorter and less pristine fibres, which are cheaper. We only ever use the longer, more costly fibres.

Cheaper cashmere is often treated with a softener which means it soon loses its initial luxurious feel. Pilling is also more of a problem because the knit is looser. But if properly looked after, our cashmere will last for many years and even get softer with age.

You’ve probably also noticed that cheaper cashmere usually comes in ‘flat’ colours. We believe colour is every bit as important as softness: our vivid dyes are often combinations of up to six colours, giving our cashmere a depth and intensity you won’t find anywhere else.

To appreciate the superb quality of our cashmere, though, you have to touch it. Once you have, we know you’ll be as passionate about it as we are!

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Some of the footage used in our video has been supplied by Johnstons of Elgin.