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SPILLING THE TEA
ON CASHMERE & WOOL

As experts in fine fibres, we often wax lyrical about Cashmere, Merino Wool and Lambswool. But the difference between these luxurious yarns can be confusing, particularly for those shopping online who can’t touch and feel our products. To make choosing your next jumper or scarf more straightforward – and to fuel your next water cooler chat – we look at the questions we are most often asked about the differences between Cashmere and Wool.

IS CASHMERE WOOL?

Cashmere and Wool are defined by the animal at their source, with Cashmere coming from the Cashmere goat and Wool sourced from sheep. We are often asked about this, receiving questions such as ‘Is Cashmere cotton or wool?’ and ‘What is Cashmere made of?’.

Our Cashmere comes from Mongolia, China and Afghanistan and is combed from the fluffy underbelly of the Cashmere goat. Cashmere fibre is super soft and feather-light, and its hollow structure allows it to retain heat incredibly effectively. We source our Wool from Merino Sheep in Australia, which are shorn annually in the Spring. Merino Wool fibres are also very soft, warm and breathable. Our Lambswool comes from the first shear of a Merino Sheep.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CASHMERE AND WOOL?

One difference between Cashmere and Wool is the thickness of a single strand of raw fibre. An average human hair is around 70 microns thick, while Merino Wool, the finest type of Wool, measures between 15 and 25 microns. The most delicate Cashmere fibres measure between 14 and 16 microns.

Another difference between Cashmere and Wool is rarity. The fibres harvested by combing one Cashmere goat might be enough to make a pair of gloves or a hat, but it can take the Cashmere from as many as ten goats to make a single sweater. There is significant variation in how much yarn comes from the fleece of one sheep, but it would be reasonable to expect to create four or five sweaters using the Wool from a single sheep.

IS CASHMERE WARMER THAN WOOL?

In theory, Cashmere's hollow, heat-trapping structure makes it warmer than Wool, but it isn't always that simple. Our innovative use of our fine fibres allows us to create products of many different weights, textures, thicknesses and finishes. Our Cashmere and Merino Wool products are not just cold-weather pieces; we also craft lightweight layering pieces, cool-handled summer styles and tissue-like warm-weather accessories.

It’s impossible to give a simple answer to the question ‘Is Cashmere warmer than Wool?’ but our online product descriptions explain the weight, warmth and feel of our designs, which should help you choose the best product for your needs.

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