Here at Lands’ End, we love absolutely everything cashmere. From cashmere turtlenecks, sweaters, and shirts to cashmere leggings, pants, dresses and skirts, and even cashmere accessories and blankets, we love it all. And with good reason.
Perhaps you know a bit about cashmere and own a few pieces, but are you aware of all its magical properties? Cashmere is a natural fiber that comes from a mountain-roaming goat, and it has been a coveted material for centuries. So, what’s the big deal? Here are the top reasons why we love cashmere everything.
Cashmere happens to be one of the most exotic and luxurious wools on earth. Cashmere is found in the vast ice desert of Mongolia and Tibet at an altitude of 15,000ft, where temperatures fall to -40 degrees Fahrenheit. This remote part of the world is home to a rare breed of goat. Because of the high altitude, harsh winds, and freezing temperatures of this mountain terrain, these exotic goats grow a long, coarse outer coat of fur. But their undercoat is silky soft, down-like, and lighter and warmer than sheep’s wool. In the springtime, when they shed, the undercoat is combed off. The fleece is then cleaned, dyed, and spun into yarn to make your favorite cashmere pieces. Literally from the ends of the earth, cashmere wool is as exotic and luxurious as wool can get. We love that cashmere tells a story and is as fascinating as it is fashionable.
Cashmere fibers are incredibly durable without weighing you down. Cashmere is so lightweight it almost feels as though you are wearing nothing but a soft silky layer of fuzz. While we do love other wools, everyone knows the struggle of bulky sheep’s wool that seems to take up half your women’s weekender bag. Cashmere is a lightweight fabric in comparison to the warmth it offers. It doesn’t add bulk, doesn’t wrinkle, and is easy to carry around.
One of our favorite things about cashmere is that it’s incredibly soft. You feel like you’re wearing a cloud when you put on your women’s cashmere sweater. Cashmere has one of the narrowest fiber diameters in its raw form, so it’s finer and softer to the touch than most other fabrics. High-quality cashmere will feel like butter against your skin.
Nothing says cozy like cashmere. Cashmere is about eight times warmer than regular wool and is arguably the warmest fiber you can wear. This would make sense, seeing as the cashmere-making goats are native to such a harsh and cold climate. If it keeps goats in Mongolia warm, it’ll definitely do the same for you. For the coldest temperatures, choose cashmere, and you can trust you’ll be warm and cozy. Also, even just for cuddling up with a good book, wear a pair of cashmere pants or use a cashmere throw blanket. We promise you won’t regret it.
Cashmere is warm, but that doesn’t mean it will overheat you. Unlike other fibers that work to trap body heat, cashmere fibers adjust to your body temperature. This means that cashmere will keep you comfortable, no matter the weather. While we don’t recommend wearing a heavy cashmere sweater on a sweltering hot summer day, cashmere can indeed be worn as a light sweater year-round. Perfect for transitional weather and cooler summer evenings, cashmere is the wool that doesn’t need to be stored away in the summer.
These mountain goats are pretty hardy, and so is their wool. If you take good care of your cashmere knitwear, you can be sure it will last you a lifetime. The fibers of cashmere are soft but incredibly durable and strong. When choosing cashmere pieces, opt for classic cuts and styles, such as a women’s cashmere cardigan, that will stand the test of time and can be worn for years to come. We assure you, you will never get tired of how cozy and warm your classic cashmere pieces will make you feel. Just be sure to store cashmere properly and keep cedarwood in your drawers or closets to not become a snack for moths.
We love natural fibers, and not only is cashmere natural, but it is also a low environmental impact fiber that is sustainable and cruelty-free. Many naturally occurring fibers in the garment world are made from animal fur, hairs, or plants. These include other wools such as merino wool, sheep’s wool, mohair, alpaca, cotton, linen, bamboo, and silk. Natural fibers are better for both your body and the earth, making them a top choice for their natural properties. Cashmere is one of our favorite natural fibers because we know it’s hypoallergenic, cruelty-free, and sustainably sourced. Also, natural wools are more functional and comfortable than synthetic manmade fibers.
These Mongolian goats may as well be unicorns because of all the magical qualities that make cashmere one of our most beloved fibers.