Cashmere Wrap – The Perfect Summer Accessory

Why is Cashmere Expensive?

Cashmere is a fabric long associated with luxury, comfort and softness and is considered one of the most exquisite and precious wools in the world. Apart from feeling amazing next to your skin, it is lightweight, durable and never out of fashion. If looked after properly, it’s an investment that will last you for years and actually becomes softer with age.

Of course pure cashmere is not cheap but neither should it be considering its costly production process and scarcity. The natural fibre is taken from the undercoat of the cashmere goat bred to produce the wool and it takes at least two goats to produce one 2-ply cashmere jumper. These goats can only be found in certain areas making the wool itself more of a rarity than ordinary wool.

The other reason for its price tag is down to supply and demand, with the demand for cashmere being much higher than its supply. The production of cashmere is also very labour intensive, from sheering the goats to separating and sorting each hair strand individually by hand which requires great skill, which in turn also adds to the cost.

A more affordable solution to pure cashmere is to choose a blended cashmere, mixed with either cotton or silk. Cashmere blended with cotton will produce a lower priced, cooler garment with some of the softness and luxury of pure cashmere while silk blends very well with cashmere and gives garments more sheen and drape but is not as soft as pure cashmere. Alternatively if only pure cashmere will do then it’s worth waiting for the sales!

Due to its lightweight material, cashmere can be worn all year round, feeling cool in the summer and warm in the winter, thanks to its superior thermal qualities.

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In September last year, we escaped to Florence for my birthday for four days. The weather was comfortable and in the late teens, early twenties in the day but as the evenings drew in the temperature cooled just enough to feel a slight chill. One such evening, whilst wearing my favourite summer jumpsuit from Bod and Ted (worn in this post), I began to feel a little chilly as the sun began to drop.

We were enjoying a stroll down one of Florence’s many cobbled streets at the time, perusing the shops for something suitable to cover my shoulders. It was then that we stumbled upon a wonderful shop that sold a wide range of beautiful jumpers, wraps and scarves in a huge range of colours and all made from cashmere. After indulging a good half an hour in there, enjoying looking through the many alluring garments they had on display, I walked out with this gorgeous natural wrap which has now become one my wardrobe staples.

It’s perfect for the unpredictable British climate where the weather can change in an instant and is also incredibly versatile. If I just want something to keep the chill off my shoulders it’s great just to drape around me but if I’m in need of a little extra warmth then I wrap at the front and secure with a belt around my waist to keep the wrap closer to my body to keep the heat in. I also love the elegance of the wrap and it can add a touch of class to even the most casual of outfits.

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Having done some research on where you can buy cashmere wraps, I found this fabulous online retailer called The Travelwrap Company who specialise in selling beautiful cashmere wraps in a variety of gorgeous colours. Lovingly created on the Scottish borders, their Scottish mill is the only one left in the UK still able to transform cashmere from raw fibre to finished garment. Their mill has been buying sustainably sourced fibre from the same farms from Inner Mongolia for many years to produce the highest quality cashmere.

They have also created a short film on ‘How to wear your Travel Wrap’ (featured on their homepage) and currently have a great sale on too so worth having a look!

Also featured in this post, bracelets by Bella Jane Jewellery (shown below). I have long been a fan of this brand who do a gorgeous selection of silver jewellery. Perfect for yourself or as a gift for a loved one.

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