The Benefits of Cashmere – Jet&Bo

The Benefits of Cashmere


 

Cashmere is a sought after and expensive material, often used in high end clothing and textile products.  Read on and you will understand why cashmere has earned its reputation as a luxury material and its premium price point, as well as why cashmere is the material of choice for Jet&Bo travel accessories.

 

Softness

Cashmere is known for it’s softness producing a luxury feel. Cashmere is from the soft fleecy under layer of a cashmere goats coat.  These fibers are of an extremely fine diameter (less than 19 microns, comparatively a human hair is 60 - 120 microns) which is why cashmere feels so soft.  In addition, cashmere is a high loft fiber (air within the fiber) which translates into a plush, luxurious fabric with a silky feel.  When properly cared for, cashmere actually gets softer with age.

 

Insulation

Cashmere is up to 3 times more insulating that regular sheep’s wool, providing superior insulation.  This is due to the harsh climate the cashmere goats live in, with extreme cold weather conditions.

 

Lightweight

Cashmere is a lightweight fabric in comparison to the warmth it offers.  Cashmere clothing is never bulky, which makes it easy to travel with – it won’t take up too much space in your suitcase.

 

Wrinkle Resistant

Cashmere doesn’t wrinkle, making it an ideal fabric for travel clothing, when you won’t always have an iron on hand.

 

Elegance

Cashmere drapes beautifully and due to it’s lightweight nature and resistance to wrinkles, it’s a fabric that always looks elegant and flattering.

 

Comfort

Not only does cashmere keep you warm without adding bulk, it also has natural stretch, so you can move easily while wearing it.

 

Moisture Wicking

Cashmere has a high moisture content and as the humidity changes in the air so does its insulation, making it comfortable in all climates, even warm ones. The fibers have water repellent exteriors and the interior attracts water.  This means that it attracts moisture, such as sweat, away from the body.

 

No Scratchiness

A lot of people avoid wool due to the scratchy feeling against the skin.  Cashmere is soft and feels great against the skin as the fibers are much finer than wool and are spun tightly to produce a smooth soft texture.

 

Breathable

Unlike synthetic fibers which can leave you hot and sweaty, cashmere allows your body to breathe which helps regulate temperature.

 

Luxury

Cashmere is considered a luxury material and the best of all-natural fibers.  This is not only because of how amazing it feels against the skin, but also because of the price.  The higher price of cashmere is due to the effort involved in collecting cashmere fibers, as it must be done by hand during spring molting season, resulting in a relatively small yield and scarcity.  It takes at least 3 cashmere goats to produce enough fiber in a year to create a clothing item such as a sweater.

 

 Fire Resistant

Cashmere has natural fire-resistant properties and when it is exposed to fire, while it will smolder, it will not melt onto the skin and it can self–extinguish once the source of the flame has gone out.

 

Hypo-Allergenic

Cashmere has hypo-allergenic properties making it a desirable choice for baby clothes and blankets as well as those with allergies.

 

Smart Investment

When cashmere is properly cared for it can last a lifetime.  It is a timeless fabric and classic styles will always be on-trend.

 

The benefits of cashmere are numerous.  If you are hesitant to splurge on cashmere, consider the above benefits and weigh your options.  Will the alternative function as well?  Look as good?  Last as long?

 

Click here to read about identifying quality cashmere

Click here to read how to care for your cashmere items

 

Jet&Bo stocks a range of luxurious cashmere travel accessories:

Cashmere Travel Sets

Cashmere Travel Wraps

Cashmere Eye Masks