It’s no secret that we’re pretty big fans of cashmere. After all, this cozy fabric is a mainstay of the Chan Luu brand, and we admittedly love wrapping ourselves up in our cashmere scarves and apparel. Super soft and incredibly warm, cashmere is one of the most luxurious natural fabrics in the entire world. That’s why we’re excited to reveal the ins and outs of the cashmere production process and showcase what makes this beloved material so incredibly special to our brand as well as our customers.
On the design team’s most recent trip to Mongolia, they were able to capture a behind the scenes video of our cashmere scarves process. Watch below and enjoy the process that goes into making our unique scarves.
Cashmere’s long list of admirers has included European royalty, Hollywood celebrities and present-day shoppers alike, and it’s easy to see why. This cozy fabric boasts three times the insulation power of traditional sheep’s wool despite being far thinner and softer. (In other words, it’s perfect for fall and winter layering. Sigh.)
While this sought-after textile may be associated with indulgent creature comforts, creating it is an elaborate labor of love. In fact, just sourcing the raw materials needed to make cashmere textiles is a challenge in and of itself, as cashmere goats (of course!) only live in high altitudes and are selectively bred in China, India and certain parts of Europe. China is the world’s primary supplier of raw cashmere materials, and we just so happen to source our cashmere exclusively from Inner Mongolia. This preferred location means that our cashmere blends are even warmer thanks to the region’s goats having thicker fleece (a direct result of the area’s harsh climate). Check out our road trip video below for a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the entire manufacturing process.
Wool is only gathered from cashmere goats during their natural molting season in the months of spring, and the sheared fibers are pressed into cloud-like sheets by heavy-duty machinery. These sheets are then finely spun into yarn and woven into soft fabric with the help of a loom. Our cashmere designs are thoroughly inspected for any flaws in a meticulous quality control process to ensure that the woven material is free from any defects. The manufacturing steps continue as the garments’ natural gray, brown and white hues are expertly dyed in a mix of solid shades and statement-making patterns and prints. The edges of each piece are skillfully fringed by hand, and the garments are finally pressed and steamed to perfection.
Cashmere may be in high demand, but its limited production window and overall availability make it a true luxury item that requires skilled craftsmanship. This unique fabric is also popular due to its impressive longevity. Cashmere boasts a superior ability to retain its original shape and color throughout the years when given proper care.
From a multi-seasonal cashmere wrap to the timeless appeal of a cashmere sweater, our cozy styles are wardrobe staples that you’ll love draping yourself in season after season. We hope this inside glimpse at our manufacturing process emphasizes just how much time and skill goes into crafting each and every Chan Luu cashmere design. Our commitment to quality is matched by our love of style, and we’re proud to give you the best of both worlds.
Do you adore cashmere as much as we do, or are you looking to treat yourself to your very first cashmere indulgence? Shop our full range of women’s cashmere scarves and apparel to experience this luxe material firsthand.
Stay cozy, friends!
The Chan Luu Team