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Cashmere

Cashmere

Cashmere

The cashmere region covers Afghanistan,
India, China and Mongolia, where the Hircus
goats with the prized golden fleece are bred.
Cloaks and scarves were hand-made from this
soft fiber as early as the 17th century. In the
18th century, the first scarves were brought back
to England by the soldiers of the East India
Trading Company and were so successful that
they were copied and sold in France and then in the
rest of Western Europe. Cashmere is made from the
undercoat of these incredible animals. To survive in
such a hostile environment, with freezing winters
(-30°C) and hot summers, these goats have
developed under their longer, tougher outer coat an
under-down of thousands of super-soft, super-fine
fibers, concentrated in a small area.








Every spring, when the weather is mild,
the shepherds remove this under-down
using a gentle combing procedure, which is
entirely harmless to the animal. Around 250
grams of under-down is obtained from each
goat per year, which is why cashmere is so
precious. The difficulties associated with
sourcing and inspecting the fiber further increase
its value. Brunello Cucinelli and Cariaggi, his
long-term spinning partner, make annual visits
together to Mongolia and China to select the
best quality cashmere. The wool is processed in
the Solomeo workshops, where the skilled hands
of master craftsmen transform the precious fiber
into garments to be worn and treasured for a lifetime.