We believe that natural materials feel best against your skin and have less impact on the environment than synthetics. Our scarves use wool, silk and cashmere, read on to discover what makes each of these fibres so special.
Wool comes from many animals, but in this case, we’re referring to the wool of merino sheep. Wool is fine and soft, it keeps you warm when it’s cool and cool when it’s warm, and if all that wasn’t enough, wool is renewable and sustainable.
Silk has been produced in China since the 4th century BC and China remains the source of the finest quality silk to this day. Silk has a triangular cross-section that causes light to refract, a bit like a crystal (think of the album cover of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon) and as a result it appears to shine.
For our scarves, rather than wool yarn and silk yarn being woven together, the wool and silk fibres are spun together into a single yarn (this is known as an intimate blend) before being woven. The spinning and weaving process takes place in Italy and the result is a superior fabric that combines the best properties of each fibre.
Cashmere is the fine hair produced by Capra Hircus goats when they moult in spring. On average, each goat produces less than 300grams, hence cashmere’s reputation as a precious fibre.
Cashmere is finer, stronger, lighter, softer and three times more insulating than merino wool, that’s why a pure cashmere scarf is considered one of the finest investments you can make –it is light and soft but incredibly warm. The cashmere fibre we use comes from Inner Mongolia and China, a region that produces three-quarters of all cashmere. Our cashmere scarves are woven in Germany by a fourth-generation family business established in 1880.
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