Cashmere goats live only in the mountains of Asia.
Unlike normal goats, these goats, that brave cold conditions, carry soft, thick hair beneath their rough outer coat.
This hair, that captures air to preserve its warmth, is a high-grade material known as cashmere.
In our pursuit of a suitable material for our THE MUFFLER, we found cashmere, with its wonderful feel, warmth, and history, to be the best option.
This cashmere isn’t bleached, however.
Since cashmere goats naturally shed their soft hair as the weather gets warmer, they are combed once per year, in the spring. Only 150 grams of hair can be collected from each animal, which is just enough to make a single scarf.
Cashmere is a super-fine fiber with 0.015mm threads. Through delicate interweaving, this produces a light, soft fabric that feels wonderfully gentle on the skin.
Originally, cashmere fibers were dyed as-is, without being bleached. Usually, scarves are chemically bleached either to make them whiter or to make them easier to dye.
However, THE MUFFLER is not bleached; the unbleached fibres as dyed as-is. This means that, though it is impossible to produce a pure-white fabric, damage to the material is kept to an absolute minimum, and the finished product is softer.
This fabric is used in three ways; a simple navy, the enduring Scottish staple Black Watch Navy pattern, and a Black Watch Red, designed by THE.
By dying the threads deeply before combining them to create patterns, we have been able to use cashmere the way it is meant to be used; as-is without bleaching.
Production is handled by TACCA, a textile manufacture that provides scarves to the top-flight fashion houses across Europe. Tacca’s demand for quality led them to visit the cashmere-producing region in Mongolia themselves, selecting only the highest-quality fibers for use in their Japanese factory.