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A brand that perfectly explains itself through its name, Silk and Cashmere is a world of pure cashmere, pure silk and their blend, cashsilk. 

Working with the world’s most exquisite fibres silk and cashmere, we produce impeccable clothing for men and women. 

Silk and Cashmere began its journey in 1992 when Aysen Zamanpur and her team set out to the Inner Mongolia, the very nest of the highest quality cashmere, to discover and explore this precious fiber.  An unmatched project with a brilliant and determined team, our story is one of passion and unyielding determination.  Creating an extensive and universal collection, Silk and Cashmere has been providing high quality products to cashmere and silk lovers in domestic and international markets for the past 23 years. 

Our pioneering spirit has seen us grow into the most trusted name for unrivalled quality at extraordinary value.  Once discovered, customers come to love us for beautifully made silk and cashmere pieces that feel every bit as good as they look.  

 Silk and Cashmere's aim is to be the world’s most loved cashmere brand, lasting centuries to come...

Message from the CEO

I was a child the first time I ran my fingers over my mother’s navy blue cashmere sweater.  Captivated by how sensationally soft and natural it felt,  I didn’t care for the color, or the style.  But the touch- it had me utterly spellbound. I found my self brushing my fingers over that sweater every night before going to bed. Since that day, I have had a wild passion for the touch of pure cashmere – a touch I wish for everyone to savor.

I believe that passion and enthusiasm are paramount in succeeding in whatever you do.  The touch of the cashmere and silk was not my only passion.  Our motivation was marrying these two fibers to create a global brand name.

No matter how much you scratch and scrabble the story of Silk and Cashmere, in its root you’ll find nothing but the motivation to become a worldwide brand aiming to enhance people’s lives through combining the world’s two most beautiful fibers and making them affordable and available in the highest quality, healthiest and most timeless manner possible. It is this motivation, this idea, this dream that turned into a project, and this project that turned into reality.  This is why time after time the academic world regards Silk and Cashmere as a case study for an “Actualized Dream.”

My greatest fortune and strength in accomplishing this dream has been our outstanding team who has had just as much heart, effort and time invested in this journey as I have. Our brand exists thanks to the Capra Hircus Goat, the cashmere goat.  Not only has the Capra Hircus changed the paths of our lives, he has affected our spirit. His strength, tenacity and grit has rubbed off on our team. We have and are continuing to cross the highest hills and walk the most dangerous roads with courage and determination. It is with reason we call our team members “Capras.”

 From Melbourne to Zurich, Istanbul to London, wherever I see a graceful gentleman or lady wearing a soft cashmere sweater, I still wonder with hope whether it’s our product or not… I can count the number of times I’ve fallen off my chair trying to catch a glimpse of our emblem on their collar or sleeve. And whenever I catch our Capra emblem smiling at me I smile back and childishly hope that everyone is seeing it too. The feeling in that very moment is absolutely priceless… 

Like I said in my novel "The Cashmere Road," I wholeheartedly would never call our beautiful brand “work.”  I never could…

Ayşen Zamanpur

Our Cashmere

Cashmere is probably is the only material together with silk to have witnessed Ancient Mongolia, the Roman Empire, Victorian England and Napoleon's France. Its timelessness stems from those times where, like now, it has always been in fashion and never out of date. Like silk, the finest cashmere in the world comes from Inner Mongolia, where the high altitude and harsh climate enables the Capra Hircus goats to grow the finest and softest fiber under their coarse hair.

 

The Process

In order to protect themselves from the harsh climates, the Capra Hircus goats grow a finer, softer layer under their outer layer of wool. This layer is called cashmere. 
However harsh it may be, the climate of Inner Mongolia is essential in the production of cashmere. That is why Capra Hircus goats are not found in all regions of the world as they need very a very specific climate to be able to grow cashmere. These quality standards are affected by the climate and the nutrients that the goats consume. Inner Mongolian cashmere is universally accepted as the best cashmere in the world.

Cashmere wool is approximately 13-14 microns in diameter (1/4 that of human hair) and 35mm long. This wool is carefully and softly combed with special combs, washed in regional waters and is separated from course hair until it is pure. Capra Hircus goats produce cashmere for only three months in the year.  Each goat produces on average 30-50 grams of cashmere.  The yearly cashmere production of 4-6 goats produces one cashmere sweater!  Therefore it would take on goat on average 5 years to be able to produce enough cashmere for one sweater.

Structural Properties

Due to its uniqe spiral structure, cashmere regulates body temperature and prevents over or underheating.  Even the thickest cashmere does not cause perspiration; it keeps you just warm enough.  Cashmere is the only wool that can directly contact skin without causing itching and is anti-allergenic. 

Cashmere Quality

Silk and Cashmere certifies that AAA Grade Inner Mongolian White Pure Cashmere with a 15 micron diameter and 35 mm average length is used in all of its Pure Cashmere and Cashmere Blended products. The quality of cashmere is characterized by 3 factors. 

1. Fiber length

The average fiber length is 32 mm.  Silk and Cashmere uses a 35 mm average length in its fibers and goes up to 50 mm.

2. Diameter

A high quality cashmere yields a 14-16.5 micron diameter.  The Capra hircus goats used in the production of Silk and Cashmere garments yield cashmere that has exactly a diameter between 14-16.5 microns.

3. Dead Hair

Dead hair is the coarse and different hair found in pure cashmere.  The accepted rate of dead hair is 0.1%-2%.  There is no machine that seperates dead hair from cashmere.  This process is executed by talented specialists who intricately seperate these hairs.

 

Our Silk

The History of Silk

The discovery of silk from the silkworm species Bombyx Mori occurred around 2700 B.C. According to Chinese historians, the 14-year-old bride of the Emperor Huang Ti discovered the loose end of a silk fiber from a silkworm cocoon. The term "Silk" is derived from her name. In 139 BC, the world's longest trade route, "The Silk Road", was opened, stretching from Eastern China to the Mediterranean Sea and it was named after its most valuable commodity. It is through this route that Silk manufacturing eventually reached Europe and America.

Silkworm is the common name for the silk-producing larvae in several species of moths. When one Asian silkworm egg, weighing only 1/30.000th of an ounce hatches, the emerging caterpillar will produce a beautiful silk thread. For millennia, this thread has been one of the world's most valuable fibers and it is vehemently claimed that silk also keeps one's skin young and healthy. The beautiful and silky skin of Chinese women of all ages is supporting evidence of this view.

Bombyx Mori

The Bombyx Mori is a mulberry silk moth.  The catterpillars that hatch from their eggs eat special mulberry leaves.  In time, their dark color turns amber and at 35 days old, they stop eating and begin weaving a cocoon from the thin silk fiber that comes out of their mouth. Upon contact with air, the fibers freeze and turn into silk.  Before the caterpillars turn into butterflies, silk is obtained from their cocoon.  During their two month lifespan, they produce 1000 meters of silk thread from one cocoon.

The Structure of Silk

Silk contains 18 amino acids that complement and moisturize the skin.  It is anti-allergenic and does not cause perspiration.  Some claim that silk keeps skin health and young.  Looked up to for centuries, the silky smooth skin of Chinese women doesn't seem to claim otherwise.    

 

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Caring for your Cashmere

Cashmere Care

A rare and precious fiber, cashmere requires delicate care.  When not worn, cashmere garments should be kept in sealed bags.  They should not be tossed, but folded carefully so as not not cause pilling and damage.  It is in the nature of cashmere to pill at first however the pilling can be managed by following our washing instructions and by combing with our Fabric Shaver. When used with care, cashmere will last a lifetime...

Silk and Cashmere Washing Instructions

Silk and Cashmere recommends hand washing products that do not carry the "dry clean only" instruction. Do not wash different colors together. Turn clothes inside out before washing them. Pour 1/2 a bottle cap (10 ml) of special shampoo in 10 liters lukewarm (max 30°C) water (soft-medium-hard and very hard water )to wash 2 kg of clothes (6-7 sweaters.) This bottle will last you 35 washes with this ratio. Submerge your items in the solution and gently massage them. Rinse well, then gently press water out of your product.

Avoid twisting or wringing at any point to avoid damaging your product. Remove excess water by rolling product up in a dry towel and applying slight pressure. Lay the item flat in its natural shape on a drying rack or a clean towel. Avoid direct heat or light. Do not hang your clothes or use the dryer as this may deform them.

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