For the LOVE
If there’s one thing for which Paula & Chlo is especially well known, it’s exceptional cashmere. We believe that no wardrobe is complete without a handful of well-made cashmere staples, and we’re delighted to offer the best-handpicked items from our favorite designers. These fabulous pieces include luxe cashmere ponchos and cashmere dress toppers from Claudia Nichole, irresistible travel wraps from White + Warren, indulgent scarves, and sweaters from 360 Cashmere, and much more. Whatever your personal style and aesthetics, you’re certain to find your cashmere fix here.
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There aren’t enough words in the English language to properly describe cashmere. Of course we can say it’s luxurious, supple and silky smooth. But, even those adjectives don’t perfectly sum up the feeling you get when you slide our 360 cashmere Sydney Cashmere sweater, across your skin. Whenever we feel the fabric, we just keep asking ourselves, "how is cashmere made" and “ how do they make it so soft!?”
We figured out the answer, they, don’t, the cashmere goats do.
So how is great Cashmere made?
There really isn’t a “cashmere goat” per se, but certain breeds have that baby soft hair that we all crave. Based in China, Cashmere goats thrive in cold climates, and during a healthy season, they have amazing coats that produce quality cashmere. During their molting season, the goats are combed to retrieve their fur, and that fur is produced to create a yarn that is knitted into your favorite sweater.
Retrieving the Cashmere is a delicate process of Combing, not shaving the goats hair. This is how you gather long, durable, quality strands. After a good comb out, the hair is gathered and taken to the facility.
The cashmere is sorted into grades and quality - fineness and length. Then it is sorted for color. Finally it is cleaned to remove impurities like vegetation, dirt, natural animal oils etc...
Cashmere then goes through the machines to remove the long coarse hairs.
The long hairs are used to weave together some of your favorite cashmere pieces.
Breaking down the costs of Cashmere
Cashmere is a luxury, and the price tag matches the production. There is a tedious dance of labor to properly raise, breed, and farm the goats. During their molting season, the goats are combed to collect their soft undercoat. It can take up to two goats to make one sweater. Quality cashmere is still produced based on old-world methods. Their coats have been used to create beautiful fabrics since the 1500’s. Low-quality cashmere (which usually means less expensive) is usually a blend of other animal fabrics and a mix of some undercoat and upper coat. Instead of taking the time to properly extract the fibers, they shear the goats, creating a shorter, cheaper, version that usually results in pilling.
Did you know Cashmere can be worn in all seasons?
The reason you can wear certain cashmere in the summer and others in the winter are based on the science and variety of techniques, plys and gages that determine the weave and weight. You may see cashmere labeled as 2 ply or 4 ply and wondered what does that mean? According to Alashan Cashmere Company – 2 ply has two strands of yarn and 4 ply 4 strands of yarn to make up the material to produce that particular item. So a 4 ply will be thicker than a 2 ply. Then there is gage and that means the number of stitches per inch and the number of rows per inch. So the higher the gage, the thicker or heavier the cashmere product will be.