The finest cashmere thread is
made up of fibres that measure 14.5 microns
in diameter, approximately one-fifth the thickness
of a human hair. Baby Alashan cashmere fibres are
no thicker than 13 tiny microns. We kid you not!
These fibres are so fine because they come from
adorable goats aged between three and twelve
months old. When the baby goats shed their hair in spring,
this almost indiscernible down can be delicately
collected with a fine comb. The procedure
requires considerable patience and a gentle
touch, in order to leave the animal with enough
fleece to face the extreme climatic conditions
of its inhospitable habitat.