THE WOOL PIC­TURE

The Peak (Malaysia) - - The Peak Expert - TEXT LYNETTE KOH PHOTOGRAPHY VER­NON WONG ART DI­REC­TION FAZLIE HASHIM

Get­ting into the finer de­tails of one of the world’s most de­sir­able fi­bres. With thou­sands of years of his­tory, cash­mere has qual­i­ties that are well known. The fine and cosy fi­bre is de­rived from the un­der­coat of cash­mere goats, found in re­gions such as China, In­ner Mon­go­lia, In­dia and Australia. Go­ing by where top lux­ury ap­parel com­pa­nies such as Brunello Cucinelli and Loro Piana source their cash­mere, the Capra hir­cus goats of In­ner Mon­go­lia pro­duce the best-qual­ity fi­bres – which help to keep them warm in win­ter, when tem­per­a­tures can fall below mi­nus 40°C.

While pure cash­mere is of­ten used for knit sweaters and scarves, it is also mixed with other fi­bres, such as silk and wool, to cre­ate blends that hold their shape bet­ter than cash­mere alone, and is thus ideal for suits. And while your favourite cash­mere over­coat can with­stand some rain, an in­creas­ing num­ber of menswear com­pa­nies are coat­ing the ma­te­rial with high-tech mem­branes for greater wa­ter re­sis­tance, so you’re not just lim­ited to crinkly ny­lon wind­break­ers and rub­bery rain­coats when it’s storm­ing.

In re­cent years, cash­mere has lost some of its ca­chet due to the rise of other qual­ity fuzzy fi­bres such as vi­cuna and al­paca, pro­lif­er­a­tion of mass-mar­ket cash­mere, and en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns re­sult­ing from over­graz­ing. Nonethe­less, cash­mere re­mains short­hand for cosy lux­ury – giv­ing a luxe vibe to ev­ery­thing from sweaters to sweat­pants, socks and even skivvies (re­call de­signer Mau­r­izio Amadei’s cash­mere-blend boxer briefs that cost USD250). Here’s what else you need to know about this fine fleece.

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