Cashmere goats live in extreme conditions at a high altitude in the Himalayas.
They have adapted to survive in freezing temperatures by developing a very warm, yet light and silky coat.
The soft, silky fibre is collected by combing the goat's downy hair.
A maximum of only 100 grams can be obtained from a single goat in a year, and this makes the fibre very exclusive and expensive.
This process is very labour intensive and can take place at any time between February and May.
The goats are combed during their natural moult, which takes place as the days get longer and warmer in the spring.
Cashmere wool is named after the old spelling of the beautiful Kashmir region in India. It is believed that this fibre was first used there many centuries ago.
The first historical evidence of cashmere being used and traded in Europe appears in the late 18th century, when cashmere shawls were exported from Kashmir to the western world, particularly France and Britain. These shawls were draped around the shoulders of wealthy women, keeping them stylishly warm.
Today we see cashmere used for all kinds of lightweight garments, light summer jackets as well as scarves and shawls. But an essential must-have is a cashmere jumper which will keep you both cosy and stylish.
Light, soft, and warm, cashmere is one of the most expensive and luxurious textiles in the world.
Cashmere will never go out of style. This luxurious soft fabric will keep you warm and feeling and looking fabulous on the coldest winter's day.
Cashmere is about eight times better at trapping body heat, and so it is warmer than ordinary wool.
Strong, light, and soft; this durable fibre provides excellent insulation without being bulky and has been used to make beautiful clothes for generations. With proper care, cashmere will stay forever in your wardrobe, making it an excellent investment.