Do you know where cashmere wool comes from? Many people get this wrong. Cashmere is a fiber that comes from the underbelly of cashmere goats. Yes, goats, not sheep! It is softer and also warmer than sheep’s wool.
As you probably know cashmere is considered a luxury fiber and items made from cashmere are typically more expensive than regular wool. The process of producing cashmere is considerably more time-consuming than sheep’s wool, justifying the price.
Cashmere goats are combed or shaved in the spring right before they start to shed naturally. Learn about sustainability certifications in the cashmere and wool industry at The Good Cashmere Standard and Responsible Wool Standards.
When you purchase a cashmere garment it’s important to take care of it and follow the care label instructions to minimize damage. Hand washing in cold water and laying flat to dry is what is usually recommended and is what will keep your cashmere items looking good.
Cashmere is not limited to sweaters. You can find scarves, hats, bottoms, coats, and much more designed with cashmere wool.
Here is our pick of luxurious cashmere pieces for older women.
Nautical stripes are contemporary and timeless. This striped cashmere sweater from Naadam is a great piece to add to your wardrobe. Dress it up with dressy trousers or dress it down with casual jeans.
Pick your favorite color! This large ribbed cashmere scarf at J.Crew is offered in various colors and is a good addition to your winterwear wardrobe.
We love this recycled cashmere wool wrap from Eileen Fisher! Not only is it super easy to wear, but it is also sustainable.
The best-selling crewneck cardigan from State Cashmere comes in a selection of natural and soft colors like this one in Undyed Natural.
This elegant cashmere sweater with roses from Talbots is a piece you will have for a long time. Timeless style and design.
Keep your hands warm and your fingers free to use your phone with these Cashmere touch-screen gloves from J.Crew. The touch technology in the pointer fingers allows you to text and take photos without removing your gloves.
Recycled cashmere tweed top from Eileen Fisher is made with leftover cashmere fabric that is hand selected and recycled into new yarn. It is spun with wool from farmers who meet the Responsible Wool Standard.
This soft cashmere shawl sweater features an attached shawl that can be worn down or buttoned over the shoulder for added warmth and style.
These super comfortable lounge pants at Talbots feature a cable-knit design on the side for an added traditional look.
The classic Relaxed cashmere T-shirt from J.Crew is made with responsible cashmere produced through their partnership with the Aid by Trade Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes sustainable agricultural development across the globe.
They source cashmere that is certified by The Good Cashmere Standard, which ensures the welfare of the cashmere goats, protects natural resources, and improves the working conditions of farmers and farmworkers in Inner Mongolia.
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Do you like cashmere? What is your favorite cashmere piece from our list? How do you care for your cashmere garments? Tell us about it in the comments below.
The Recycled Cashmere Wool Pocket Wrap is so gorgeous! I have to buy a gift for my mother, thanks for the gorgeous ideas!