Our Kashmir Cashmere
I met Bilal, a Kashmir native, in March 2017 when I was in Hyderabad, India. Inspired by the stories about his village’s struggle to keep the cashmere craft alive and impressed with the quality of his work, I decided to ask Bilal to make special scarves and shawls to compliment our silk pieces.
Bilal's cashmere is handspun and hand-woven in Kashmir, India from the soft, downy undercoat of the Capra Hiracus, Himalayan mountain goat, native to the region. The making of cashmere is an extremely complex and time-consuming process that requires human touch in every detail, from raising and caring for the goats, combing their coat to collect raw pashm, sorting, spinning, pre-looming, looming, weaving, dyeing, and washing.
Because this material is 100% natural and delicate, it cannot withstand any harsh chemicals, which is why it is dyed using only all-natural minerals. For this reason, the colors vary batch by batch.
This special cashmere is the softest and lightest cashmere that I have ever felt, which is why I call it Featherlight Cashmere.
Featherlight Cashmere is exceptionally breathable. It keeps you warm in cold weather and cool in hot weather. It does not carry odors, even after long and frequent wears. It does not require professional dry-cleaning or steaming. It is one of the most wrinkle-resistant of all natural fabrics.