Hello, my name is Charlotte. I live in central Asia and it gets quite cold in the winter here, so I have developed a system of insulation which really works: my very, very fine hair.
It traps air which heats up next to my skin, keeps me warm and enables me to deal with extreme temperatures – simple but wonderfully effective. Aren’t the best things in life usually this way?
Our hair is truly special. In America, they made a law about my hair in 1939! It says that products can only be labelled as cashmere if:
1. They are made from the fine (dehaired) undercoat fibers produced by a cashmere goat - Capra circus laniger.
2. The average diameter of the fiber used does not exceed 19 microns and does not contain more than 3 percent (by weight) of cashmere fibers with average diameters that exceed 30 microns
3. The average fiber diameter may be subject to a coefficient of variation around the mean that shall not exceed 24 percent.
Quite a lot for a mountain goat to take in really.
I think the main things to remember are: cashmere is supremely soft, warm and resilient and it looks great!