We were delighted to be invited by Cameron House to set up a pop-up shop on Saturday, featuring our new collection and a selection of cashmere goods. Joyce had been asked by Cameron House to give a short presentation on the Scottish Cashmere industry to a group of 23 Swiss ladies. They greatly enjoyed the talk on Scottish Cashmere and the introduction to Tartan Spirit with our pop up shop.
Here are some snaps from the day taken from inside the bar area at Cameron House…
So, What is Cashmere and how is it made I hear you ask!?
Cashmere is a wool fiber for textiles and clothing, it is obtained from the neck and belly region of cashmere goats. Cashmere goats produce a double fleece that consists of a fine, soft undercoat of hair mingled with a straighter and much coarser outer coating of hair called guard hair. The cashmere goat has two types of hair on its body for protection against the weather, as the goats primarily live on the bitterly cold mountainous areas of Mongolia and China.
In order for the fine undercoat to be sold and processed further, it must go through a process called de-hairing. De-hairing is a mechanical process which separates the fine hairs from the course hair. After de-hairing, the resulting raw cashmere is ready to be dyed and made into yarn, fabrics and garments.
Cashmere is such an expensive product because it is so difficult to get to the regions and shear the goats, also, there simply aren’t very many cashmere goats to begin with. It takes at least three cashmere goats to make one cashmere sweater, which makes you realise why cashmere is so rare and such a precious commodity.
The above reasons note why cashmere is an expensive product, and rare the world over, cashmere that is Made in Scotland is rarer still. Why?… Because cashmere Made in Scotland uses only the finest of the finest cashmere, and the very best of methods to get it to market.
Cashmere Made in Scotland only accepts the highest quality of the harvested raw fiber for processing. The accepted fibers must be of a certain minimum length and a certain maximum thickness.
Note. The yarn that is spun from fiber that doesn’t fall within the specific criteria “will be weaker and will result in quick pilling with wear.” After a season, a sweater made from a lesser yarn may also tend to lose its shape.
When shopping for cashmere, make sure you look out for cashmere Made in Scotland. Compared to other cashmeres available on the market, it’s softer and more durable. Cashmere Made in Scotland is the finest of cashmere, and is well worth the extra money. It’s colouring is deeper, the product will last much longer, and will hold its shape for much longer.