Cashmere has been proven to be very lightweight, but eight times warmer than wool from sheep. There is no finer yarn from which to make knitted clothing – and here at Alchemy Story, we are delighted to provide you with the very best authentic cashmere available worldwide. We are committed to providing high quality, elevated knitwear to our customers, but are mindful of the impact that cashmere production has on the environment. It takes four seasons – or the coats of four cashmere goats – to produce one cashmere knit. Spun in the Himalayas, cashmere products in Alchemy Story has a lower environmental impact but is just as soft, lofty and luxurious as virgin cashmere.
Our dedicated dye technicians have worked tirelessly over the years to perfect our signature colour receipts, according to the character of the raw materials. Undyed Cashmere has beautiful nuances in a range of four earthy colours: off-white, beige, grey and brown. There are only 3 naturally occurring basic colours in cashmere; Cream, Beige, and Brown. The cream colour fibers are the rarest and softest ones, they will never be dyed. The beige fibers will be naturally dyed to make light colours while brown fibres will be used for dark colours. All four colours are in warm tones and everlasting. You can’t have any of the colours by dyeing. Since it is undyed, the fiber does not have any chemicals and artificial substance. You don’t have any uncomfortable sense of touch. The feel reflects what already exists in nature —- soft, warm, comfortable and more.
Our organic cashmere is environmentally friendly and stands for sustainability. It is certain that undyed and natural dyed cashmere continues to be the most luxury fibers in the world. It is environment-friendly—- it makes less pollution to the water and less damage to the earth. It is our honor to use such fibers to make sweaters, scarves and other cashmere products. There are four different, but equally effective ways to dye our fiber. In its Natural State, when it has been spun into yarn or woven into cloth.
After the shredded inner hairs of goats are carefully collected, the cashmere fibers are washed and dried to remove dust, dirt, excess oils, and contaminants such as sand and grass seeds. They then go through a de-hiring process. This involves removing all the coarse outer hair (guard hair) from the cashmere fibers; this outer hair is greasy due to natural oils from the goat. Any guard hair and black hairs must be removed at this stage otherwise they will need to be picked out after the cashmere fiber has been knitted into fabric.
Dyeing cashmere is done at the next stage, though it may also be done after spinning the fibers into yarn. This is a very delicate process as, if not done properly, the dye can harden and stiffen the cashmere fibers. The dyeing process must achieve a uniform, full and deep colour without impinging on the feel of the cashmere. The colour must be colour-fast, so it will not fade or diminish with washing, in sunlight, or run or bleed if it becomes wet. It must also be stable so as not to be adversely affected by perspiration. The whiter the cashmere, the less dye is required for an effective dyeing process. It is put into a dye solution that is darker than the natural colour; cashmere can’t be lightened. Bleaching cashmere can damage it, and inhibit its softness. White cashmere is most valuable for this reason. Following spinning of the yarn, cashmere is ready for knitting, weaving, and finishing.