There are so many steps that go into making your cashmere sweater. Let’s break it down:
1. Cashmere is sourced from a specific type of cashmere goat, usually once a year in April when the goats molt. These goats live in Inner Mongolia. During the time when they molt, the goats are sheared. This process is not harmful to the goats - it’s just like a Spring haircut.
2. The raw materials are then sorted, making sure only pure cashmere fleece is left, and all impurities are removed. This process is done 3 separate times and under UV light.
3. Next, the fleece is washed to rinse it of natural oils.
4. The raw materials are then examined to ensure the fiber lengths meet our strict standards. Longer fibers, better cashmere. Shorter fibers, more pilling.
5. We then test again for any fiber impurities and analyze the fibers under microscopes to ensure highest quality standard.
6. The raw materials are then dyed to exclusive colors. A little insider tip, lighter color cashmere will typically be softer as its not exposed to as much dye.
7. After dyeing, the cashmere fiber is "carded". This carding process essentially opens up and separates the fibers.
8. After carding, the cashmere fibers are spun into cashmere yarn on cones.
9. Now that the cashmere is in yarn form - it will to be knitted.
10. Each part of the sweater is then knit into panels by machines. So, you'll end up with the front panel, back panel and sleeves for a basic pullover.
11. Each panel is then inspected by hand to ensure no issues.
12. Panels are then linked together. This process is referred to as "fully fashioned", meaning each part of the sweater is linked, or knit together instead of cut & sewn. For example, a typical button-down woven shirt will be cut into pieces and sewn together. You can tell from the inside seam.
13. Now that the sweater is complete - it is washed again, or dry cleaned if it is a highly embellished style.
14. Next, the knitwear is steam pressed and measured one last time. We make sure every sweater fits perfectly as intended.
15. The sweater is then inspected again, this time under light to ensure no holes or issues with linking.
16. Our label & neck trim is put in by hand. This ensures that you can't see any sewing from the label on the back of the sweater.
17. The products then go through one final QC check.
18. Finally, they are packed up & sent to our clients.
When you really dig into the full manufacturing process from beginning to end, you realize how much work goes into each & every sweater. We are artisans who specialize in cashmere knitwear - it is our passion & expertise!