The rarity of the fibre, and the difficult conditions under which it is gathered, is one reason cashmere is so precious.
It takes the underhair of at least three goats to create one sweater and twenty-four goats to produce enough for a cashmere coat.
We only accept a small fraction of the harvested raw fibre for processing - fibres that are a minimum of 34mm in length and a maximum thickness of 16.5 micron. Yarn that is spun from fibre that falls short of these specifications will be weaker and will result in quick pilling with wear, it may also tend to lose its shape.
Therefore only the finest of fibre is brought to William Lockie to be made into the world’s most desirable knitwear.