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History of Cashmere


Let’s start from the beginning, the birthplace of cashmere and specifically, the cashmere goat.  It’s one of the strongest and most highly adapted animals on the planet, incorporating strength and flexibility into the fabric at its root.

The cashmere goat is originally from the coldest and most desolate Asian plains of the earth, the Northern Slope of the Himalayas. From the 11th to the 13th century, Chinese shepherds migrated it to Inner Mongolia and the northern provinces of China. When the Mongolian leaders Genghis Khan and Kublai Khan built their empires in Asia, Cashmere was gradually introduced to the west via what is historically known as the ‘Silk Route’.

In the late 18th Century, prestigious British businessmen would bring a piece of a cashmere shawl to their wives as a gift upon their return from Asian countries. This extremely rare and extravagant item then became a symbol of wealth and status in the UK. 

When the French became aware of this, the curiosity of the young Josephine Bonaparte was absolutely peaked. It's said that Napoleon once bought sixty different types of shawls, and at that time the prices were even as high as 8,000-12,000 francs, which at that time, was comparatively significant.

French Emperor Napoleon I received a luxurious cashmere shawl from the east when he went on an expedition to Egypt in 1796. He brought it back to France, and gave it to the beloved Queen Josephine. Naturally, she loved it. Under her lead, cashmere then captured the hearts of westerners and quickly swept Europe through the European fashion craze for 200 years (what 200 years). It became an essential element in modern luxury for all of Europe, especially European aristocrats.


Now, following the footprints of our ancestors, W. Cashmere is dedicated to source raw Cashmere from the Pamirs Mountain in between Tibet and Xinjiang Province, China, which is in the same region of the original birthplace of cashmere.