Globally Astonishing Features of Mongolian Cashmere
Use of cashmere originates from the time of Great Empire’s conquest, and an emergence of intercontinental free trade. Records about the use of cashmere apparels are found even at the time of ancient Greece and Roman Empire. It is reported that cashmere delivered from the East through sea routes was known to the Western users. According to Italian trader, Marco Polo who travelled from to the East in the 13th century at the time of Great Mongol Empire Mongolians were not only using cashmere apparels but also trading them to other countries.
Map of Marco Polo’s journey to the East Statue of Marco Polo in Ulaanbaatar city
British colonisation in the 19th century contributed also to expanding the use of cashmere goods in Europe. However, it has become a product of global use only started from the 60s. Today Mongolians are producing high quality of cashmere yarns and apparels based on combining its ancient experiences and the modern technology.
In a result of the selection process lasted for thousand years to endure extreme cold conditions during winter seasons Mongolian goat developed soft and thin fibre which is a feature to be valued for a gold. The fibre of Mongolian goat is bout 13-16 micron and 38-43 cm long that is a quality considered highly suiting for spinning.
Cashmere products are joint products of Western and Eastern cultures, e.g. 100% Mongolian cashmere processed with the use of European technology.