There are various factors which determine the quality of the cashmere and, therefore, its market value.
Colour – White cashmere is more precious as it allows for delicate dyeing.
The fineness or micron rating – The finer the thread, the higher the demand and the higher the price.
The sediments content – The lower the amount of sediments and impurities, the purer and more precious the cashmere.
The length of the fibre – The short hair is what protects the animal most from the cold and it is considered the best quality material.
- Cashmere goats are about 70 centimetres in height, females weigh between 35 and 45 kilograms and males between 50 and 60 kilograms. The males produce a greater quantity of duvet as the females shed their wool more often due to pregnancy and nursing.
- After dehairing, the diameter of cashmere ranges between 14 and 16 microns.
- The final yield of duvet, after collection, ranges between 50% and 55% of the original raw material.