The History of Cashmere Fashion: From Ancient Origins to Modern Luxury

Cashmere is rightly considered the jewel in the crown of fabrics. It is the most precious and luxurious of fabrics, with a history spanning over centuries and involving some of the most isolated parts of the world. Despite its humble origins, cashmere fibre is now coveted by designers worldwide, and its widespread availability means it is now more accessible than ever. With various clothing retailers now selling cashmere, it’s no longer solely for the privileged. But what is cashmere, where does it come from, and what are its benefits?

 

At RESOVON, our exquisite cashmere scarf collections reflect our deep understanding and appreciation of its rich heritage. In this article, we will learn how cashmere fashion evolved from ancient to modern luxury.

What is Cashmere?

 

Cashmere Soft Fibre

Figure 1 – Cashmere Soft Fibre

In basic terms, it is merely the wool taken from a goat. Specifically, the wool from the undercoat is the area closest to the goat’s skin. Contrary to popular belief, the undercoat is not from underneath the goat on its belly. The specific area that produces this unique fiber is the mid-side or back. Some may harvest from the neck, but this area provides the lowest quality wool fibers.

 

Cashmere is one of the softest and most luxurious forms of wool, characterized by the fineness of the almost silky fibers. It’s considered one of the most high-end fibers, as pure cashmere can be very expensive due to the involved production process, where the fibers are separated by hand from the molted coats of goats.

 

Cashmere has been used in clothing and accessories for thousands of years, eventually becoming a luxury fashion material in Europe by the 19th century. More recently, cashmere has become affordable to a broader range of consumers, yet farming methods continue to exact a high price on the goats used to produce this type of wool. Cashmere production is also responsible for unsustainable environmental impacts, often made worse by climate change.

 

History of Cashmere

Ancient Cashmere Garment

Figure 2 – Ancient Cashmere Garment

It is recorded that Marco Polo discovered cave paintings in the 13th century while exploring the Mongolian Altai. These representations show the combing and collecting of hair from domesticated goats. The highlands of Mongolia are known for their harsh winters and temperatures far below freezing, so even then, the exclusive wool of the cashmere goat was a necessity for people to survive at these altitudes.

 

Biblical references and Afghan historical texts mention the production of wool scarves in Kashmir and prove that the process dates back to the 3rd century BC.

 

China is the world’s top producer of the global supply of raw cashmere, contributing over 60 percent of the total. Mongolia is second, producing over 25 percent. By 2000, China was buying more than half of Mongolia’s raw cashmere, which helped it gain even more power over the industry and the pricing of cashmere materials.

 

While these two nations supply the vast majority of cashmere wool, Afghanistan, India, Iran, Turkey, and Pakistan are among the other countries that produce it.

 

The material has long been considered a symbol of social status and luxury around the world. It was a popular import into Europe from the 18th century when it was worn by the royal and wealthy.

 

Cashmere’s history, though, began in Kashmir in the 13th century. This region of the Indian subcontinent has been impacted by violence and turmoil for many decades as separatists seek independence from India. The area has also been the subject of territorial wars between India and Pakistan. Yet many in the Western world who buy the product that bears its name know little about the region and its ties to cashmere.

 

The Silk Road: Impact on Cashmere Trade

Cashmere Fashion Trade

Figure 3 – Cashmere Fashion Trade

The Silk Road was instrumental in developing the world’s earliest form of globalization. It enabled the exchange of silk and a myriad of goods, including spices, textiles, precious stones, metals, and other commodities. This trade fostered economic interdependence among different regions and stimulated economic growth.

 

The Silk Road was instrumental in developing the world’s earliest form of globalization. It enabled the exchange of silk and a myriad of goods, including spices, textiles, precious stones, metals, and other commodities. This trade fostered economic interdependence among different regions and stimulated economic growth.

 

Despite the fact that the Silk Road was established and operated many centuries ago, the impact that it has had on both historical and modern international business and politics is undeniable. In many ways, the ancient Roman demand for monopolized Chinese silk laid the groundwork for today’s international economic and political environment.

 

Its influence is embedded in the fabric of our globalized world, serving as a testament to the power of exchange and interconnection. Its legacy inspires visions of cultural and economic connectivity in our increasingly interdependent world.

 

Modern Day Cashmere

 

Sustainable Cashmere Production

Figure 4 – Sustainable Cashmere Production

China is the primary producer of cashmere today, producing more than 10,000 tons of raw materials per year. The enormous popularity and demand for cashmere remain unbroken to this day.

 

The most luxurious and exclusive brands always have cashmere as part of their winter fashions in their collections.

 

Cashmere is incredibly soft and feels wonderful on the skin, thanks to the very fine hair of the cashmere goat, which has a diameter of fewer than 19 micrometers.

 

There is no season when you cannot wear your cashmere scarf. There is no better protection against the cold in winter as cashmere is up to eight times warmer than regular wool. Cashmere is also pleasant to wear in spring. Since it is so soft that you don’t have to put another shirt under it, you don’t run the risk of it getting too hot. In summer, swapping your blazer for a comfortable, thin cashmere scarf on chilly evenings is a good idea.

 

The secret of cashmere lies in its extremely reduced thickness, approximately 15 microns, which hides some internal “air chamber” that naturally performs functions of thermoregulation and perspiration; only the most advanced synthetic fibres of the latest generation can reproduce such properties.

 

How to Wash Your Cashmere Garments

 

If you do opt for washing your cashmere items at home, please follow these instructions (cashmere scarves, coats, jackets, and pants should never be washed at home):

 

Handwashing of Cashmere

Figure 5 – Handwashing of Cashmere

  • Hand wash in lukewarm water using your hair shampoo. Be sure to dissolve the shampoo thoroughly, and then water the sweater. Rinse with a hair conditioner; this will make your cashmere sweater softer.
  • Wash colored garments separately.
  • Do not bleach.
  • Squeeze gently; do not twist or wring. Twisting the wet sweater would stretch the shape of your sweater.
  • Dry flat after removing excess water, away from direct heat and sunlight.
  • Press with a damp cloth, using a cool iron, iron from the inside of the garment.

 

How to Store Your Cashmere Garments

 

Proper Cashmere Storage

Figure 6 – Proper Cashmere Storage

  • Before storing your precious cashmere garments in basements or attics, check carefully for leaks, dampness, and sunlight.
  • Fold clothes or pack them neatly in tissue paper or plastic bags and store them in a closet away from light, dust, and dampness.
  • Cleaning before storage is recommended, as fresh stains that may not yet be visible will oxidize and become fixed during storage. They may also be food for moths, which have a discerning palate and feast only on natural fabrics. Mothballs (naphthalene) and cedar chips are standard protection from moth infestation of woolens.
  • The most important thing to store a pure cashmere sweater during summer is to keep moisture away, so please do not store your cashmere sweaters in a damp place. A well-sealed plastic storage box (available in most stores) is good enough (a see-through one is better as you can notice that if there is any moisture inside). Make sure the box is dry before you put sweaters in.
  • To keep moths away, the first thing to ensure is that the sweater is clean before long storage. Pay close attention to any food stains, as moths are particularly attracted to our normal proteins and cooking oils. Those moth-proofing products are helpful, or you can simply spray some perfume on a piece of paper and put the paper next to your sweater inside the box.

 

Additional Care Tips for Cashmere Garments

 

To keep your cashmere garments always clean and beautiful, here are some basic rules to follow:

 

  • Do not wear the same garment too frequently. Allow the garment two or three days; rest after a day’s wearing.
  • A silk or pashmina scarf goes well with cashmere tops and cardigans. Used between the cashmere top or cardigan and the neck, a scarf will also prevent powder or other cosmetics stains.
  • Do not wear a cashmere garment beside rough clothing, metal necklaces, bracelets, belts, and rough leather items such as crocodile leather bags. Dress up your cashmere with a silk scarf and pearl accessories instead of accessories with a rough surface.
  • Pilling is caused by abrasion during regular use. It often develops around elbows, on the seat of skirts, and in areas rubbed by a bag, briefcase, or even a seat belt. Soft, fuzzy surfaces are more susceptible than others. So, for cashmere products, some pilling is normal after repeated usage.
  • To avoid pilling, the cashmere garment should not be allowed to rub against rough clothing, metal accessories, bags, or belts.

 

To remove pills, please do one of the following:

 

Option A:

Step 1: Buy a plastic de-pilling comb designed at a fabric or drug store. This comb is much smaller than any hair comb you could find, and it has stiff, tiny teeth about 1/8 inch (3 mm) long.

Step 2: Lay the clothing or blanket on a flat surface.

Step 3: Hold the fabric taut with one hand. With the comb, on the other hand, use a brisk but gentle stroke to remove the fuzz.

Step 4: Repeat as often as necessary.

 

Option B:

Use a battery-operated fabric shaver.

 

RESOVON’s Commitment to Quality: Where Ethics Meet Excellence

 

RESOVON cashmere scarf wholesale production is more than just a luxurious fabric; it’s a tapestry that weaves together the threads of cultural heritage, regional traditions, and the skilled craftsmanship of generations. In each stitch and pattern of these handcrafted pieces, one can discern a rich tapestry of cultural significance that transcends mere fashion.

 

Beyond authenticity and craftsmanship, RESOVON cashmere aligns with the principles of sustainable fashion. The slow fashion movement, which emphasizes quality over quantity, ethical production practices, and garment longevity, finds a perfect embodiment in RESOVON scarves.

 

These handcrafted pieces often focus on durability and timeless design, challenging the disposable nature of fast fashion. By investing in RESOVON cashmere, consumers make a statement against the throwaway culture, contributing to a more sustainable and responsible approach to fashion consumption.

 

Owning a RESOVON cashmere scarf is an investment in luxury that will bring you enjoyment for years to come. Our commitment to quality, ethical sourcing, and timeless design ensures you receive a piece that is not only beautiful but also tells a story of tradition, innovation, and respect for nature.

 

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Cashmere: Pioneering Sustainable Luxury

 

RESOVON Sustainable Cashmere Scarf

Figure 7 – RESOVON Sustainable Cashmere Scarf

As a progressive luxury brand, RESOVON has always looked to the future.

 

We strive to create the most beautiful and desirable products with the least impact on our planet. Our conscious values inspire our products and innovations. As industry leaders, we endeavor to use the most cutting-edge and progressive materials that aim to reduce the impact on the planet and are always cruelty-free while following the principles of circularity. We aim to increase our transparency across supply chains through diligent reporting, measuring, and tracking.

 

RESOVON acknowledges the garment industry’s ever-evolving landscape. We welcome consistent technology, testing brand-new methods and style aspects to boost the art of cashmere development. This dedication to progression guarantees our wholesale companions access to a variety of cashmere items, from classic standards to modern-day declaration items, that satisfy evolving patterns.

 

At RESOVON, our company believes in promoting solid joint partnerships with our wholesale partners. Our considerable experience in wholesaling permits us to provide detailed assistance, from layout support to quality assurance and fast shipment. We offer a wide range of wholesale cashmere choices, permitting our companions to curate distinct collections that accommodate their particular customers. Additionally, RESOVON focuses on affordable rates without endangering high quality, guaranteeing our wholesaler companions can supply their clients with remarkable worth.

 

By partnering with RESOVON, you’re not simply obtaining exceptional cashmere items; you’re straightening yourself with a business devoted to the highest possible criteria of high quality, sustainability, and technology. We are enthusiastic about cashmere and the experiences it develops.

 

Accept the future of lasting high-end with RESOVON. Call us today to learn exactly how our remarkable cashmere items can boost your organization.

 

We have come a long way, and we are always striving to see how we can do even better.

 

Conclusion

In the tapestry of modern fashion, RESOVON cashmere emerges as a radiant thread. It weaves a story of tradition, craftsmanship, and conscious elegance. This journey through the world of RESOVON cashmere has uncovered the meticulous process from fiber to fashion, the dedicated artisans behind the craft, and the cultural heritage embedded in each stitch.

 

As we navigate a world that often favors speed over substance, RESOVON cashmere stands resilient. It represents the enduring allure of slow fashion. It beckons us to embrace the deliberate, the handcrafted, and the meaningful in a landscape dominated by mass production.

 

Supporting artisans becomes not merely a choice but a celebration of cultural richness and heritage. Each handcrafted piece becomes a vessel for stories, traditions, and a connection to the hands that shaped it. RSEOVON cashmere invites everyone to redefine the relationship from ancient fashion to modern luxury. Moreover, it urges us to appreciate the nuanced beauty of garments crafted with care and intention.

 

Let us, then, embrace RESOVON cashmere scarf – a symbol of conscious and exquisite luxury fashion. In a world where trends come and go, it stands as a testament to the timeless appeal of luxurious and affordable fashion. It asks us to tread lightly, savor the intricacies, and celebrate the enduring legacy of craftsmanship.

 

FAQ

 

1. What Is a Good Cashmere?

 

RESOVON quality check ensures that all cashmere scarves meet our standard for sustainable cashmere. Only cashmere from farms and producers that comply with the sustainability criteria outlined in our standard will be verified. The standard specifies a clear and comprehensive set of criteria for sustainable cashmere production. Regular checks are performed by independent auditors to monitor compliance with the standard.

 

2. What Are The Different Grades Of Cashmere?

 

Cashmere is available in several grades, including “Grade-A”, “Grade-B” and so on. We offer only the highest quality cashmere products made with “Grade-A” cashmere. The best grade of cashmere is 14-15.5 microns in diameter, and all the cashmere scarf products that we offer are made with this very fine grade of cashmere.

 

3. How Long Do Cashmere Clothes Last?

 

Quality cashmere does not shrink when washed correctly and will retain shape better than wool over the years. Durability—The best cashmere scarves can last 10 years when the right care is given to them. It is common to hear of people wearing cashmere scarves from their grandparents.

 

4. Is Cashmere Warm Enough For Winter?

 

Cashmere is a warm fibre, so cashmere clothing is often used as winter outerwear. Cashmere fibres are fine and lightweight but also insulating, which means they trap heat close to the skin, keeping you warm.

 

5. Can People With Sensitive Skin Wear Cashmere?

 

Cashmere is considered a hypoallergenic fibre, making it a good option for people with sensitive skin. However, some people may still have an allergic reaction to it.

 

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