is known as the “Diamond Fiber”. For the Conspicuous
values add it delivers, quality standards are
stringently regulated. Venerable standards, ISO
2648:1974, (Length Distribution parameter Electronic
method, Fiber diagram machine fibers processed on the
worsted system) ISO 1136:1976 (Mean Fiber Diameter Air
Permeability), ASTM D 1282-96 (Average Diameter) , CCMI:
Industry Association are notable. These collective
measures by the global cashmere Industry preserve the
cachet of the material.
In spite the globalization and the high street opulence
of the finished product. Cashmere is still sourced from
Villages - in the remotest steeps of the Himalayas to
the far flung stretches of the Gobi Desert, Central
Asia. Farmers rear the goat for husbandry, in small
numbers house by house. The clip is sold once a year in
the molting season (March / April) - to middlemen and
traders – often as a supplementary income.
Before the economic liberalization of China in the
80-90’s, – industrialized cashmere spinning was only
done in Italy and Scotland. Dehaired Cashmere was
exported to the European mills. Today much of the
world’s Cashmere is spun in its source, China and
Mongolia. The Worlds’ annual Produce of Cashmere is
believed to be 7000 tonnes. 80% of it is from China. And
the rest from Mongolia, Nepal, Afghanistan. Nepal has
her own trademark on Cashmere. Namely “Chanygra Pashmina”.
Some of the best qualities of Cashmere come from the
Himalayas of Nepal (and Tibet). We still hand spin our
Cashmere in Nepal. We also use yarns from all renowned
spinners. From Italy to China.