Many of our knitwear garments are made from cashmere wool. But do you know about the wonderful properties of this fabric for wellbeing and why it’s so beneficial for your health?
From a young age, we’ve been told that wool is a very intelligent fabric because it protects us from both cold and heat, but there are many beneficial properties that you may not be aware of. To begin with, it is renewable and biodegradable, and its handling is environmentally friendly. Wool protects against UV rays and is capable of absorbing up to 30% of its own weight in water, making it the ideal fabric to absorb perspiration without feeling wet or sticky. The air that gets trapped in the wool yarn keeps you warm in winter. And it regulates your body temperature, but also allows your skin to breathe in warmer weather. A tremendously durable and elastic fibre that can last for years without losing its original shape or properties.
Depending on its origin, that is, the animal it comes from, we can find different types of wool. We have common wool that comes from lamb, mohair that is obtained from angora goats, camel hair wool, alpaca wool… But today we are going to focus on one of our favourites: cashmere.
What makes cashmere so special?
Actress Kim Cattrall once said, “What I wear is a reflection of where I am going and how I am feeling. If I’m in a good mood, it’s got to be cashmere and jeans – just something comfy, soft and warm”.
Everyone seems to be obsessed with cashmere and the truth is that once you try it, there’s no going back. This coveted wool comes from the Kashmir goat, which in turn lives in the Kashmir region (Asia), scattered in herds throughout the Himalayan mountains. And not all the wool can be used, since cashmere comes specifically from the wool on the neck and belly of the animal, making it such a rare and valuable fabric. The process of gathering the wool is seasonal, it only takes place in spring, and is done completely by hand, respecting the purity of the material.
5 benefits of cashmere
It is a finer and softer wool than that of sheep, and its quality lies in its length: the longer the hair, the lighter and warmer the fabric that we obtain from it. The main properties of cashmere wool are its softness and warmth, but we already knew that. Here we’re going to tell you the 5 benefits of cashmere that you probably didn’t already know
It’s not itchy.
Often when we think of wool, those extremely uncomfortable garments come to mind that used to make us itch when we were little. None of that happens with cashmere, since its softness allows it to be worn directly on the skin and not only is it comfortable, but the feeling is very pleasant.
Cashmere is 8 times more insulating than sheep’s wool. In addition, it is thermoregulatory and lets your skin breathe, which means that you can take advantage of wearing it even beyond winter.
By absorbing moisture inside the fibre itself, cashmere considerably reduces the life cycle of mites and bacteria, making it an ideal fabric for babies and also for people with asthma or rheumatism.
Resistant to electricity.
Due to its absorption capacity, cashmere does not produce static electricity. This prevents that annoying feeling of your hair getting electrified when you put on and take off your wool garment.
If you take good care of it, not only will it last a lifetime, but the cashmere fabric will become softer with age.
At ALTER MADE, you can find products made with 100% cashmere, with recycled cashmere, cashmere mixed with wool… and our suppliers provide us with the highest quality fibers to create our flattering and soft pieces.