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9 important facts about cashmere

1.

The Best Cashmere Goats Come From Mongolia

If you want the best cashmere in the world, you need to go to Mongolia. Naadam sources its cashmere from the Zalaa Jinst white goat, the only entirely white breed of cashmere goat in Mongolia. These softies live waaaay out there in Mongolia's Gobi Desert (we're talking 400 miles off-road from the nearest city within 500k square miles of desert.) In our book, it's worth the trek. If you want the best cashmere in the world, you need to go to Mongolia. Naadam sources its cashmere from Zalaa Jinst white goats, the only entirely white breed of cashmere goat in Mongolia.
2.

Old school hand combing
is the only cruelty free cashmere

Cashmere goats live in extremely cold and harsh climates. To survive, they grow long, fine fibers to protect themselves, which our herders hand comb since shearing goats can be "very stressful" (these goats don't need any more stress after the winter they just went through!) Even though it takes more time & effort to hand comb, our herders have over 2,000 years of nomadic herding tradition to uphold, and this old-school approach is still the best thing for their goats and for the fibers for our sweaters. Cashmere goats live in extremely cold and harsh climates. To survive, they grow long, fine fibers to protect themselves, which our herders hand comb since shearing goats can be “very stressful” (these goats don’t need any more stress after the winters they go through).
3.

Long fibers = maximum softness

Did we mention how friggin' cold the temperatures can get where our cashmere comes from? (Think -40 degrees in the winter.) This relentless cold can last longer than most places in the world (icy sandstorms are actually a thing there), giving the goats we source from a fiber length about a third longer than others. Score! Did we mention how friggin’ cold the temperatures can get where our cashmere comes from? This relentless cold can last longer than most places in the world, giving the goats we source from a fiber length about a third longer than other fibers.
4.

Organic cashmere is pretty
common, environmentally sustainable
cashmere is not

Almost all cashmere sourced from Mongolia is organic, but not all cashmere is environmentally sustainable and that matters a lot. Naadam has created the only cashmere yarn that is Cradle to Cradle certified, which evaluates & sets a high standard to protect the earth and basic human rights for how the product is made. (Bonus points: Naadam's Gobi Revival Fund supports 1,000 nomadic herding families in Mongolia and has provided veterinary care to over 250,000 goats.) Almost all cashmere sourced from Mongolia is organic, but not all cashmere is environmentally sustainable and that matters a lot. Naadam’s Gobi Revival Fund supports 1,000 nomadic herding families in Mongolia providing veterinary care for over 250,000 goats.
5.

Four Goats = One sweater

The harsh geography of this area means that only a very limited number of goats are combed by hand every spring. To make an average-sized sweater, you will need wool from approximately 4 adult goats.
6.

Cashmere is a super fiber, baby!

Cashmere fibers are some of the only fibers in the world that are hollow. This means that the fiber is actually very good for blending with other materials. It instantly makes the material lighter and softer than it would be otherwise. It's a super fiber, baby!
7.

Your hair might be soft,
but it's not as soft as cashmere

In fact, cashmere fibers are six times finer than strands of human hair. Cashmere fineness starts from 14 microns and goes up to 19 microns. Thinner cashmere is softer, and ours are around 15 microns. Your hair is around 100 micrions (goats: 1, humans: 0).
8.

You can wash cashmere
with your shampoo

It's well known that cashmere should not be put in the washing machine. We recommend baby shampoo, it works like a charm! Use lukewarm water, gently swirl your sweater, and let it soak for up to 30 minutes. To dry, the trick is to lay our your sweater on a bath towel and gently roll the sweater in the towel, absorbing all the water in a cashmere sushi roll of sorts. We recommend using baby shampoo, it works like a charm! Use lukewarm water, gently swirl your sweater. To dry, lay out your sweater on a towel and then gently roll the sweater in the towel.
9.

Sweater pilling is not entirely
your fault (or the sweater's)

Pilling is a natural occurrence in cashmere and is usually caused by friction. A seat belt, purse strap, or even the synthetic lining of a jacket can all contribute. Persistent pilling happens when lower quality manufacturers use short fibers. A Naadam cashmere sweater pills only once (think of it like shedding a layer of skin). Since the fibers we use are longer, it will never happen again after you clean the sweater. Remember, longer fibers = stronger cashmere. Pilling is natural for cashmere and is usually caused by friction. Persistent pilling happens when lower quality manufacturers use shorter fibers. A Naadam sweater pills maybe once, as it sheds an outer layer of short fibers. Since we use only the longest fibers, it will never happen again. Longer fibers = stronger cashmere.