Discover how our collections were born
As a natural consequence of the cold climate in the Kashmir region, the Hircus goats of that area over time have developed a thin undercoat, the duvet, which has a special thermoregulation function of the body temperature.
The duvet is thin, soft and fluffy and it is from here that the noble fiber of cashmere is obtained.
In winter, goats of this particular species need their coat and undercoat to defend themselves from the cold temperatures of this season. With the arrival of spring and the moulting of the coat, these beautiful animals begin to lose their fur. It is precisely in this moment that the combing takes place.
Initially, the outermost hair, the longest one, is sheared first, and then the duvet is combed. It is a completely harmless phase for the goat which, with the help of a thin long-toothed comb, is gently combed and stroked to help the hair come off. The richest and thickest parts of soft and fine fibers, perfect for high quality cashmere creations, are the neck and the girth.
Each goat is combed for 3-4 hours and from this process about 200 grams of crude fiber are obtained, still to be washed and then processed. At the end of the combing phase, the material obtained is then washed and divided by shade.
The color of the fiber also affects the quality of cashmere: white fibers are the most valuable.
After washing, the fibers are subjected to dehairing, the process in which the coarser fibers are eliminated and separated from the finer and more valuable ones.
We select the best cashmere flakes and transform these fibers into yarn. The yarn is the continuous thread that is then used in the weaving phase. To make yarn, the fibers obtained are then arranged parallel and warped together so as to obtain a continuous thread, resistant to traction.
Once the yarn is made, we create the fabric.
This processing phase, the weaving, consists of the intertwining of two systems of threads, the warp ones that are arranged along the entire length of the piece, and the weft ones arranged transversely.
Once the weaving is completed, we can touch firsthand all the softness and warmth of the finest cashmere.
At this point we have our pure cashmere fabrics, we can start with the packaging of fashion and home accessories. We start from the design of the product we want to create, we then choose the best fabrics and move on to their cutting, tacking, sewing, and to the final finishing of the product.
This is how the Miraggio Cashmere collections were born.