Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Fabrics: Cashmere

Cashmere is a fiber from several types of goats.  It is fine in texture, strong, light, soft and is an excellent insulation.  Chasmere goats produce double fleece which consist of a fine and soft undercoat or under down of hair mixed with a straighter, much coarser outer coating called 'guard hair'.  In order for the fine undercoat to be sold it must be de-haired, which is a mechanical process that separates the coarse hairs from the fine undercoat.  De-hairing results in "Cashmere" and is then ready to be dyed and converted into textile yarn, fabrics and garments.  India is the largest producer of raw cashmere, an estimated 10 000 metric tons per year of hair.  The Pashmina, a very popular cashmere shawl, was first invented in India and the Pashmina goal is a special breed that resides in high altitudes of the Himalayas in Nepal, Pakistan and Northern India.  

I decided to keep going with my wool theme starting with 'Tartan' and finishing with 'Cashmere', wool is an amazing textile that is so diverse.  This fabric is fantastic, so soft and beautiful, if you don't own a Pashmina, you should! Cashmere can be pricey, but it seems to last quite a while and can be used as a excellent staple piece for your wardrobe.  Now I have yet to work with cashmere,  however I have done some research and found that it is a wonderful fabric to create with, as long as you take care during the process.  Jackets, Sweaters and Scarves seem to be the most sewn with this fabric since it is a great insulator  why not right?  I think I will use cashmere in my work to make a coat with an amazing lining, something very chic and eye catching.  

Cashmere purse
Black Cashmere Shoe 
Long V-Neck Tunic
Stephane Rolland Dress
Square Tulip Dress

Cashmere Coat

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