Cashmere Sweaters Cost a Fortune and Here's Why
Producing them is quite a process.
You've probably encountered a prized cashmere sweater your mother absolutely did not let you borrow until you reached your 20s. Her refusal may not have mattered to you so much in your teens, mainly because sweaters weren't exactly your thing back then, but now that the rainy season is back again and you're in need of fashionable way to warm up, it does leave you wondering why exactly mama was so fiercely protective of it.
Cashmere can cost thousands of dollars, which leads us to wonder: Why exactly are cashmere sweaters so expensive?
Johnstons of Elgin been making cashmere products since 1851. According to CEO Simon Cotton, they handle about 1.2 million goats to produce different pieces. Why so many goats? Each one produces about only 200 grams of fur compared to a sheep that produces three kilograms.
A scarf could use the fur from one goat, but a sweater could need the fur of up to 10 goats. The supply is severely limited and the fiber is collected only once a year. Moreover, goats are brushed, not sheared, to carefully acquire the precious cashmere.
As if that wasn't specific enough, the cashmere is dyed without the use of harsh chemicals and with the most cautious hand, otherwise, the fur could be damaged. It's then carded, a process that detangles the fur and lines it up flat, to be later spun into threads.
Once they're in spools, they're ready to be used to make just about anything from scarves to cardigans, and yes, even that prized sweater your mom wouldn't let you touch. Now that you know how much it takes to make a cashmere piece, she might just deem you worthy enough to finally wear it.