Cashmere vs. Wool - Goats vs. Sheep!
Some of us ask, "Is cashmere some kind of wool and why is it so expensive?"
Goats grow hair and sheep grow wool. Cashmere comes from a goat and wool comes from a sheep. These Goats live in high altitude, very dry regions such as the Himalayas in Kashmir, India on the border with Pakistan.
Cashmere - the super soft and insulating down undercoat of the Ibex goat
Wool - the once a year shorn fleece of a sheep
Cashmere - 8 times warmer than wool, plush and insulating
Wool - more durable than cashmere with strong elasticity, sturdiest
Cashmere - the most lightweight, airy and soft - no itch factor
Wool - varies in weight from light and springy to densely heavy
Cashmere - a goat only yields a few ounces a year of cashmere fiber by shedding their winter down and leaving the coarse hair ~ thereby more expensive.
Wool - plentiful and less expensive with annual shearings.
Marigold Way's genuine, high quality and luxurious 100% cashmere wraps are handwoven for us by two families in Kashmir, India.
Our Ibex goats live 10,000 feet or higher in the Himalayan mountains in dry conditions. In the winter, to protect themselves from the extreme cold, these goats grow an ultra fine layer of down which is called cashmere. In the spring the goats rub their bellies on shrubs and the cashmere is collected in the summertime, woven into fine yarn and hand woven on traditional looms into wraps, shawls and scarves.
Our wraps are woven in their natural colors, then some of them are hand dyed resulting in the delicate and vibrant wrap that Marigold Way offers. A generous 84" x 28", they sell for $134.
Marigold Way also carries a variety of soft, pure wool shawls and a cozy pure wool poncho.