Cashmere (Kaśmīr, Kashmir) is a former princely state in the Himalayas and is today equally laid claim to by India, Pakistan and China. Its origins are in the Kashmir Valley with its ancient trading centre of Srinagar in the highlands of the Near Himalaya.
In a long, changeable history this area has developed into the intersection of caravan routes (the historic Silk Road) between the Middle East and Central and South Asia.
is a type of domesticated goat with a long, fine undercoat. In the Himalayas and Pamir and their borderlands this cornuted goat with the bunny ears comes in shades of grey, white, black or brown.
Cashmere wool is markedly finer than even the finest sheep’s wool and is one of the finest animal hairs there is. The hair of the cashmere goat is very temperature and moisture balancing and can therefore provide a pleasant, dry micro-climate to sleep in.
Cashmere wool is harvested at the end of the winter by combing the under fur of the cashmere goat. Each animal gives approx 150 grams of cashmere wool which then has the coarser top hairs removed by hand.
This makes cashmere one of the most valuable and expensive natural textiles. The most prominent countries of production are China and Mongolia.
Cashmere duvets are particularly suited for people who have a great need for warmth. Because of its delicate structure cashmere has a high insulation capacity while at the same time providing excellent moisture absorption and release.
Cashmere duvets can create a micro-climate to sleep in that is second to none: dry, warm, light-weight and very soft and smooth.
Literature: Palmengarten Special Edition Brochure 18, Fibre Plants