THE BEST CASHMERE GOATS COME FROM MONGOLIA
If you want the best cashmere in the world, you need to go to Mongolia.
Naadam sources it’s cashmere
from the Zalaa Jinst White goat, the only entirely white breed of cashmere goats in Mongolia.
These softies live waaaay out there in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert (we’re talking 400 miles off-road
from the nearest city within 500K square miles of desert). In our book, it’s worth the trek.
OLD-SCHOOL HAND COMBING IS THE ONLY CRUELTY FREE CASHMERE
Cashmere goats live in extremely cold and harsh climates. To survive, they grow long fine
fibers to protect themselves, which our herders hand comb since shearing goats can be “very stressful”
(these goats don’t need any more stress after the winter they just went through!)
Even though it takes more time & effort to hand comb, our herders have over 2,000 years
of nomadic herding tradition to uphold, this old-school approach is the best thing for their goats
and the fibers for our sweaters.
LONG FIBERS = MAXIMUM SOFTNESS
Did we mention how friggin’ cold the temperatures can get where our cashmere comes from?
(Think -40 degrees in the winter.) This relentless cold lasts longer than most places
in the world (icy sandstorms are actually a thing there), giving the goats we source from
a fiber length about a third longer than others. Score!
ORGANIC CASHMERE IS PRETTY COMMON, ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE CASHMERE IS NOT
Almost all cashmere sourced from Mongolia is organic, but not all cashmere is
environmentally sustainable and that matters a lot. Naadam Cashmere has created the
only cashmere yarn that is Cradle to Cradle certified which evaluates & sets a high
standard to protect the Earth and basic human rights for how the product is made.
(Bonus Points: Naadam’s Gobi Revival Fund supports 1,000 nomadic herding families
in Mongolia and provided veterinary care to over 250,000 goats this year)
FOUR GOATS = ONE SWEATER
The harsh geography of this area means that only a very limited number of goats are combed
by hand every spring. To make an average-sized sweater, you will need wool from approximately
4 adult goats.
EACH SWEATER TAKES A QUICK JAUNT TO ITALY BEFORE IT’S KNIT
Naadam cashmere comes from the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. It’s a unique blend of pure white
cashmere that is both very thin and very long. To create the highest-quality
color and hand-feel, we bring it to Botto Giuseppe, a 140 year old family-run
mill in the Italian Alps, where it‘s spun and dyed to perfection
(along with the yarns used by many other luxury brands)
YOUR HAIR MIGHT BE SOFT, BUT IT’S NOT AS SOFT AS CASHMERE
In fact, cashmere fibers are six times finer than strands of human hair. Cashmere fineness
starts from 14 microns and goes up to 19 microns. Thinner cashmere is softer, and ours are
around 16 microns. Your hair is around 100 microns (goats: 1, humans: 0)
YOU CAN WASH CASHMERE WITH YOUR SHAMPOO
It’s well known that cashmere should not be put in the washing machine. We recommend using
Woolight Dark detergent, but baby shampoo also works like a charm! Use lukewarm water
and gently swirl your sweater around and don’t let it soak for too long (5 minutes, max).
The trick is to lay out your sweater on a bath towel and gently roll the sweater in the towel,
absorbing all the water in a cashmere sushi roll of sorts. Our friends at GQ have the full
non-video lowdown here and if you want a video, Real Simple has you covered here.
SWEATER PILLING IS NOT ENTIRELY YOUR FAULT (OR THE SWEATER’S)
Pilling is a natural occurrence on cashmere and is usually caused by friction from a seat belt,
purse strap, or even the synthetic lining of a jacket. Persistent pilling happens when lower
quality manufacturers use shorter fibers. A Naadam Cashmere sweater pills only once (think of it like
shedding a layer of skin).Since the fibers we use are longer, it will never happen again after you clean the sweater.
Remember: longer fibers = stronger cashmere.