Cashmere in Italy: A Journey Through Time and Luxury

Centuries ago, Kashmir goat shepherds in Central Asia relied on cashmere as a shield from the unforgiving weather. This valuable material was their source of protection and comfort in the midst of harsh conditions.

Throughout history, this exceptional yarn has been used by various civilizations, bridging the gap between the East and West, traditional heritage and modern creations. Its value, intense and enveloping texture, and remarkable insulating properties have captivated traders, merchants, princes, and emperors for centuries. Today, this noble material is used extensively in the fashion industry.

 

What makes Italian cashmere so special?

In Italy, the history of cashmere dates back to ancient times when the first attempts at processing cashmere were made. The early garments made from cashmere were thick and basic, but still effective at keeping people warm in the cold. They were used as clothing or as protection for the inside of tents. Although legend suggests that cashmere was known in the West since the days of Julius Caesar, it wasn’t until the 19th century that it began to be widely used in the fashion industry.

Nowadays, Italy’s cashmere production is widely renowned for its exceptional quality and unparalleled craftsmanship. The country’s skilled artisans have mastered the art of transforming raw cashmere fibers into luxurious, high-end garments that are in great demand across the globe. From intricately woven sweaters to elegant shawls, Italian cashmere products are a testament to the creativity and expertise of the country’s textile industry.

In addition, Italy’s climate and geography provide ideal conditions for cashmere production, with its mountainous regions offering cool temperatures and high altitudes that are favorable for raising cashmere goats. The goats thrive in these conditions, producing high-quality cashmere fibers that are renowned for their softness and warmth.

The process behind Italian Cashmere production

The creation of luxurious Italian cashmere is a highly detailed and intricate process that requires utmost care and precision. The process begins with the delicate combing or shearing of the cashmere goats to gather their prized undercoat. Once the fibers are gathered, they undergo a meticulous hand-sorting process to remove any unwanted impurities or coarse hairs, ensuring that only the finest fibers make it through.

After harvesting, the fibers are subjected to a meticulous cleaning process to eliminate any unwanted dirt and oils that may have accumulated on them. This is done to ensure that the fibers are in their purest form, ready to be transformed into yarn. The next step involves spinning the fibers into yarn, which can be achieved through either traditional spinning techniques or modern machinery, depending on the desired outcome. Finally, the yarn is dyed using a range of natural or synthetic dyes, carefully selected to create a spectrum of vibrant colors that bring the yarn to life.

The artistry of Italian artisans is truly inspiring. With their expert hands, they transform cashmere yarn into exquisite garments like sweaters, scarves, and blankets. Every piece they create is a testament to their meticulous craftsmanship, a masterpiece of the highest quality and attention to detail.

Umbria’s exceptional cashmere

Nestled in the heart of Umbria, Italy, only 45 minutes away from Aethos Saragano, lies the charming town of Panicale. Known for its picturesque landscapes and rich cultural heritage, Panicale is also home to one of the most renowned cashmere providers in the region – Panicale Cashmere.

Founded in 1964 by Mario Panicale and Soliera, Panicale Cashmere is a family-owned business that has been producing high-quality cashmere knitwear for almost 50 years. The company is one of the most long-lived ones in Umbria in the Italian cashmere knitwear sector. The wisdom of a craft tradition based on manual skills and attention to detail, the very high production standards, and continuous innovative research transformed Panicale Cashmere into one of the most well-known brands of the Umbrian Cashmere District.

Aethos Saragano provides its guests with an exclusive 3-hour guided shopping experience at Panicale Cashmere’s factory boutique. During this experience, guests can explore their refined and original products, which are priced 40% less than in stores. Additionally, they can learn more about the history of cashmere in the region. Find out more at aethos.com/saragano.

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