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In quest of Cashmere

In quest of Cashmere

For Mario Sanjiv D’Emilio, MSD represents the opportunity to offer to his clients high grade, fine fabrics.

For this reason we frequently go to India to find the best raw materials, get in touch with craftmen and get new ideas, inspiration to create new sophisticated and fashionable products.

From our last travel, we brought back the richness of cashmere.

Where does cashmere wool come from?

Cashmere wool is obtained from the soft undercoat of hair in the neck region of a particular kind of goat, the “hircus” goat.

Hircus Goats are bred in plateaus and mountains around Asia.

One of this regions is called Kashmir. Located at the boarder between India and Pakistan, this region gave its name to the fiber. To protect itself from the rigid winter climate of the plateaus (the temperature reaches -30°C), the Hircus goat produces a double fleece that consists of a coars outer coating of hair (called guard hair) and a fine, soft undercoat of hair. It’s from this layer of fine hair that we obtain the fiber which will betransformed into garments.

How is cashmere produced? There are five primary steps to cashmere production:

1) Collection: Cashmere fibers are collected combing the animal in spring, during the molting season.

2) Sorting, scouring: hand sorting for coarse hair. At the same time they sort the hair by color, which can vary from a cream color to grey, from a nut-brown to black. (usually lighter color are preferred)

3) Dehairing: selection of the finest fibers, which should have a diameter of around 14/15 micron and should never be above 19 micron

4) Spinning: cashmere...

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