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Cashmere

100 % Cashmere

The high quality Lana D′ Oro Cashmere collection primarily uses 100% cashmere. Cashmere/Silk, cashmere/cotton and other mixes are also available, depending on the season.

Cashmere does not always mean quality cashmere.

There are massive differences in raw material quality and the standard of products sold. The material from which these delicate garments are made originates from a very active type of goat. The cashmere goat is a robust animal and lives mainly in central Asia. To combat the hard winters, the freezing temperatures and humidity in their environment at an altitude of up to 4000 meters above sea level, they grow an extremely fine, insulating undercoat, a so-called fleece, under their straight, course, long overcoat. This fine undercoat is what is produced as cashmere.


Cashmere goat

A goat produces about 100 grams of this fine fleece which it rubs against rocks, bushes and trees in the spring, where it is collected by hand.
Sadly, all attempts to raise these animals in Europe failed because the goats soon stopped producing the fine fleece. After collection, the material must also be separated because it is always mixed with the coarse top layer of hair.
This is why it takes one year of growth from 4 to 6 goats to produce one jumper. This also explains the high price of this precious material.

There is demand for the highest quality in length and fineness of the yarn fibres. Fibres which are suitable for two ply yarns, so-called "two ply cashmere", are practically only produced by goats in Mongolia. However, Scotland still produces the classic pieces made of cashmere. The modern touch comes from Italy, where the development of new and refined spinning and knitting machines is undoubtedly the most advanced.