In addition, cashmere fibers are strong and elastic, meaning that they return to their original state when stretched, so cashmere garments retain their shape during wear and laundering. Another interesting fact is that as cashmere is worn and hand washed over time, the fibers will become softer and softer.
The longer, finer, and whiter the cashmere, the more rare and expensive it is. Finer and longer cashmere is what goes into luxury garments (our cashmere is about 15 microns). Thicker, shorter hair will be made into less expensive garments and is often used as part of a blend.
In addition, the beautiful drape achieved by the worsted cashmere fabrication can effortlessly flatter most body shapes with exceptional comfort.
The scarcity of the fiber and the handwork of skilled workers with 10+ years of experience required to convert that fiber into a luxurious garment both contribute to cashmere’s price.
Our cashmere is sourced from Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region of China (not to be confused with the country Mongolia, also known as Outer Mongolia). The great majority of the world’s best cashmere comes from Inner Mongolia, where millions of goats contend with temperatures below -22°F (-30°C). The colder the weather and the longer the days, the longer and finer the goat’s hair. And Mongolian weather can drop to -58°F (-50°C); that’s why Inner Mongolia produces the finest and best cashmere in the world.
To prevent desertification caused by overgrazing, the local government in Inner Mongolia works with the herders in setting up natural reserves and strict control on herd size. These measures help protect vegetation and preserve the delicate eco-system for a sustainable supply.
Treating cashmere goats with respect is the herders’ way of life. Every spring, as the cashmere goats start to moult, herders carefully shear the goats to collect their downy hair. The goats are not harmed in the shearing process (it is like getting a haircut by a professional!)
Cashmere is a 100% natural fiber, and biodegradable. Each Paychi Guh cashmere piece is designed to be an integral part of the wardrobe, to be worn season after season. Take good care of your Paychi Guh cashmere pieces and they can last a lifetime.