Where do we source our fibers
Today the Cashmere goat is found across many parts of central Asia, but predominantly on the grasslands of Inner Mongolia in China stretching into the Gobi dessert. China is the largest producing area followed by Outer Mongolia; other countries of some significance include Iran, Afghanistan, and Turkistan. None of the latter produce the superfine luxurious fiber obtained from the goats of the Inner Mongolian grasslands, which is where all our cashmere is sourced.
It is the very large swing of temperature in the Gobi Desert, Mongolia - from desperately cold winter nights (down to -20C), and very hot summer days (+35C) - which allows nature to provide fine insulation as protection against this harsh climate.
The annual "clip" is about 16000 Metric tonnes of cashmere and the goats are usually controlled by groups of nomadic herdsmen who collect the clip each year in the spring when the goats moult or shed their hair naturally as the temperature warms from the desperately cold winters and the climate changes into hot summer days. Sometimes the fibers are combed off the goat to assist in the process. Each goat will produce around 250 grams of fiber though not all of this is useable – only fibres from the beautifully downy undercoat, where the longest fibres lie, are selected before being spun into cashmere yarns. It takes the fibre of around 4 cashmere goats to produce enough yarn to knit a single cashmere sweater.