The name “CASHMERE” comes from Kashmir, the wild and mountainous area of India and Pakistan.People also call “PASHMINA “
The use of cashmere as precious fiber dates back to the Romans. It was then disclosed by the Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III, who had it woven in France her famous “ring cashmere shawl” : it was so called because it could be pass through her wedding ring.
Later, in the XIX century, a Scottish manufacturer, Joseph Dawson, invented the mechanical method to separate the fine fibers of goat hairs from the rough outer hairs. This led the processing of cashmere in Scotland and began the modern era of cashmere knitwear.
At that time, The best cashmere are mostly made by hand and this manual process starts with the combing of the goats. Each goat is combed in the spring, when it loses the thin inner hair that protected her from the harsh winter.
This “flake” is then washed, combed, dyed and spun mechanically, while the manual work returns to the knitting of pashmina scarves.
Each knitting machine is operated manually, and the worker pays utmost attention to the specifications of the shawl that he is making : factors such as the tension of the yarn and shape of the scarves are continuously controlled.
The panels thus obtained are then assembled by hand by linking point by point and not with simple machine stitching as in a low quality shawl. The shawl is then washed to reach the right hand feel, and also this process is controlled by an expert in this highly specialized work.
The finished cashmere scarves are then re-checked one by one to ensure their perfection.