How our luxurious cashmere scarves are made...
Cashmere comes from an older spelling of Kashmir - the rugged region in the Himalayas where the production of these fibers originated. The region's cold climate is the reason the specific breed of mountain goat forms such a large undercoat. Yes, cashmere comes from goats!
After shearing the the goats, the fleece is combed by hand to separate the softest undercoat fibers. These fibers are turned into threads on spinning wheels.
Once the threads are on spindles, vegetable dyes are used to give the accent threads their colors.
Then the threads are woven on a hand-loom. These are looms powered by humans. You could be thinking that why make it so difficult? Why not powered looms? Because these artisans are passionate about sharing their cultural traditions of spinning and weaving by hand. They are very proud of their work and their heritage.
Here's an up-close view of the intricate weaving pattern in the final product. Each scarf requires an entire week of crafting - the weaving alone is a full day's work!
More background on Alleura Atelier's cashmere line: I've partnered with a cooperative society of tribal Himalayan women who are dedicated to sharing their art with the world. Started in 2001, this society offers workshops to promote hand-weaving and now generates employment to over 150 families in the area. You won't only be stylish and warm in your beautiful cashmere scarf, you're also providing sustainable income and supporting a dying craft! How awesome is that?! I truly hope you enjoy these scarves and story behind them! Please click here to see the full range.