I have to say that when I tried on a pair of Johnstons cashmere gloves recently, I was really quite surprised at how comfortable they were. Then I realised my ignorance as to what made cashmere such a high end product. It’s something I suspect a few of us have wondered about.
So courtesy of Johnstons of Elgin I have been able to come up with some interesting factoids that throw light on the allure of cashmere:
• Cashmere was prized by Rome’s political leaders
• Sir Edmund Hilary wore cashmere when climbing Mount Everest
• Cashmere is sourced from the cashmere goat
• The cashmere goat fleece is combed or plucked by hand
• The limited supply of cashmere adds to it’s exclusivity – the average goat only yields around 125 grams of underfleece per year.
• The hair from one goat can make one scarf
• The fibre is so fine that its diameter is measured in microns
• The finest underfleece comes from goats subject to extreme hot and cold temperatures
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