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Only the finest natural fibres are used to make Johnstons of Elgin's products. Cashmere from Mongolia and China, and merino wool from Australia are lovingly cultivated to ensure they maintain their outstanding quality and durability.


Cashmere is one of the finest, most luxurious natural fibres in the World. It is renowned for its extreme softness, warmth and lustrous quality. The finest, lofty fibres are taken from the underbelly of goats.

It is the dramatic fluctuation in temperature throughout the year, rising to above 40°C in summer and dropping to below -40°C in winter, which helps the goats to grow their beautifully downy under-fleece.

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The natural crimp of cashmere fibres helps them to interlock during manufacturing processes and allow the fibres to be spun into very fine, lightweight fabrics.

After processing, cashmere yarn retains its loftiness. Its extreme warmth, yet delicate softness against the skin, makes cashmere the perfect fibre for Johnstons of Elgin's most luxurious garments.

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Merino wool is an entirely natural fibre, grown year round. It is biodegradable, sustainable and completely renewable, with Merino sheep producing a new fleece every year.

Merino wool fibres are extremely fine, which makes them much more flexible than traditional, coarser wool fibres. Merino feels soft and gentle next to your skin.

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Under layer of sheep fleece
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Unlike synthetic fabrics, merino is an active fibre that reacts to changes in body temperature helping you to stay warm when the weather is cold, and cool when the weather is hot.

Johnstons of Elgin merino wool products are suitable for every climate. Our products crafted in fine merino wool have an exceptional handle, drape and ability to follow the form of the wearer.

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Lambswool is a fibre taken from the first shearing of a lamb and is the highest quality of sheep’s wool to be found. Soft and lightweight with excellent insulating properties, it's a perfect fibre for knitwear and weaving into blankets and accessories

The special crimp in the wool fibres creates air pockets that retain heat, whilst the harder outer layer repels water. Unlike synthetic fabrics, lambswool is a breathable fibre that reacts to changes in body temperature helping you to stay warm or cool.

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Lambswool in its raw state
Lambswool fibre in cone of yarn
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Lambswool is also naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites, making it the ideal choice for sufferers of common allergies and asthma.

The diameter of Lambswool fibres are much finer than that of an older sheep's wool, and fineness equals softness. The beautifully soft fibres are spun in to the finest of yarns and used to create our classic men's and women's knitwear collections, and some of our world renowned accessories.

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The finest natural fibre in existence.
Vicuña has been part of the Johnstons of Elgin story since 1848. One of the first companies to introduce the fibre to Europe, Johnstons of Elgin was awarded a medal for its vicuña shawls at the Great Exhibition in London in 1851.

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Vicuna in its natural habitat
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How do we transform the raw fibre into our luxurious finished products?