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Nine things you should know about cashmere

What makes cashmere so special? Your favourite pullover is not just beautiful, soft, warm, comfortable and long-lasting. It also holds nine secrets you may not have even imagined.

Nine things you should know about cashmere

Cashmere is finer than human hair, but much stronger


Do you know why cashmere is so incredibly soft? Even softer than the softest baby hair? It’s because its fibres are six times finer than the finest hair (yes, that’s very, very fine). And better yet, as well as being fine, they are also very, very tough. If you take good care of it, your cashmere will last a very long time.

Cashmere is finer than human hair, but much stronger

Cashmere loves water


As surprising as it may seem (as accustomed as we are to not washing wool too often), cashmere loves water. Its natural origins mean that it is in great need of water, and not just to stay clean. When the fibre gets wet, it contracts, and as it dries, it goes back into place, a little bit of a renewal that restores it. This mechanism even helps to eliminate pilling, and keeps the garment supple and even softer, especially when it is regularly cared for with the specific and perfectly adapted products from the Eric Bompard range.


Cashmere loves water

The secrets of cashmere

From goat to pullovers, an exceptional textile

FOUR GOATS FOR ONE PULLOVER

A single goat produces only about 100 grams of usable cashmere per year. Hence, it takes two to six goats to make a cashmere pullover. Worldwide cashmere production represents about 0.5% of wool production.

In addition, like all agricultural raw materials, the price of cashmere varies from one year to another depending on the quality and quantity of the harvest. An “exceptional” fabric, you say…?

CASHMERE LOVES THE SPRING... BUT CAN WITHSTAND THE HARSHEST WINTERS

Beneath its fine, lightweight exterior, cashmere is a kind of textile superhero. It is created from the long and silky underlayer that goats grow in winter as an “undercoat” beneath their outer coat (and which is harvested in the spring). It is like an ultra-warm lining for small goats when temperatures fall to around −40°C.

It is said that cashmere is three times warmer and more insulating than sheep’s wool. It’s easier to understand why now.

Cashmere is perfect for babies’ (skins)


What is one of the main differences between wool and cashmere? Cashmere contains no lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic. As it isn’t scratchy, it can be worn – deliciously – next to the skin. And that means that you can not only wrap babies in it with confidence, but also… adults with baby-soft skin.

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Cashmere only comes in three colours


Yes, that’s right, just three colours. Fibres come in grey, brown and white. We use dyes that do not pose any health risks and that will not damage the quality of the fibres. That’s why you can happily wrap yourself in all the colours you like – there have been over a thousand since the Maison was founded.


Cashmere only comes in three colours

Cashmere should not be called cashmere anymore

Cashmere should not be called cashmere anymore
Cashmere should not be called cashmere anymore

The goats that are the source for cashmere are found in the Himalayan highlands of Ladakh and Tibet, primarily in Inner Mongolia. The name “cashmere” comes from Kashmir, as this was originally the Indian region where it was woven. The name of the region has become the generic name for the fabric, but these days it is not really accurate anymore… It’s just that its name is so beautiful and evocative that, of course, it is timeless.

Cashmere was created from a king's socks

Cashmere was created from a king's socks
Cashmere was created from a king's socks

Question : what was the first garment made of cashmere? A pair of socks. They were probably very cosy and luxurious in the Middle Ages, especially during the Himalayan winters. This innovation was not created by or for just anyone: it was a precious gift from a Persian Sufi to the King of Kashmir. Even in the 14th century, it was already a byword for luxury and elegance. And today, as a nod to this history, you too can wrap your baby’s feet in Bompard cashmere bootees. Perfect for your own little kings.

Le cachemire a été introduit en Europe par un Français

Le cachemire a été introduit en Europe par un Français
Le cachemire a été introduit en Europe par un Français

C’est ici que l’on peut se permettre de pousser un petit cocorico. Nous pouvons en effet remercier un certain Jean-Baptiste Decrétot, fabricant de draps normand, pour nous avoir offert le cachemire sur un plateau en le rapportant dans nos contrées au début du XIXè siècle.



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