NUAN cashmere strives to ensure the highest quality for each and every one of our products. We achieve this with our yarns and also with our cashmere design details.
Our tailor made feature for our cashmere knitwear products is unique to NUAN. You will never struggle to find the perfect fit again. We select our best-selling styles and offer them for more detailed tailoring options and color choices in this section. NUAN brings you both tailored cashmere garments and custom ordered lifestyle cashmere for a more personal experience.
NUAN uses the finest quality, most comfortable, natural yarns available from verifiable sources. The spectrum of our yarns – from the finest pure cashmere to exquisite baby cashmere to our latest addition of pure cotton and linens allows us to create classic styles that can be worn in any climate.
The finest lots come from northern China and Mongolia. Cashmere comes from the under-fleece of goats that survive in extreme weather conditions and harsh terrain. In the spring, goat herders harvest the under-fleece with a combing procedure that is totally harmless to the goats. Each goat produces approximately 100 grams of yarn each year after the coarse outer fibres are removed. That is why cashmere is so precious.
For example, NUAN’s signature COCO Jacket weighs 380 grams and the COCO Coat 520 grams. This does not include yarn lost in the tailoring.
This cashmere comes from the first combing of the goat kids. It is a highly selected fibre and is available in extremely limited quantities.
Eco Cashmere is cashmere in its raw color. Goats wander and graze in their natural coats of dark brown, grey and white. This NUAN collection of Eco Cashmere is environmentally friendly as the cashmere is un-dyed and un-bleached.
Whilst no NUAN cashmere yarn contains any dye residues after careful handling, a lot of water is used in the dyeing process of any yarn to remove any chemicals and heavy metals.
It is preferable for those with sensitive skin. Eco Cashmere is sustainable and part of an ever increasing design philosophy supporting environmentalism and social responsibility, minimising carbon footprint.
Cotton & Linens
NUAN uses 100% pure cotton and linens in its spring/summer collection. The natural breathable feel of this luxurious fabric complements cashmere. The NUAN spring/summer pieces are elegant and truly unique. It also works well in the off seasons with NUAN clothing from the baby cashmere and cashmere styles.
History of Cashmere
Cashmere has forever been synonymous with luxury, status and wealth. The comfort of such a rare and exquisite yarn has captivated consumers for centuries.
Cashmere is the fleece of the cashmere goat which is now found in Inner Mongolia, China, Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Afghanistan. First found in the Himalayan Mountain Range, the cashmere goats were brought to Mongolia, Tibet and China by Chinese herders in the 10th and 12th centuries. Its first documented usage began two hundred years later.
The rise of the Asian empire saw cashmere traded to the West and brought to Italy in the 13th century. Due to its rarity and unparallelled quality, it quickly became the most desired fiber among wealthy Italian aristocrats. By the end of the 19th century, cashmere shawls were being exported from Kashmir and India to Western nations such as Britain and France. Woven into stylish designs, these shawls were worn by the wealthy European elite.
After the knitwear revolutions of the 1920s, 1950s and 1970s, cashmere was mainly featured in sweaters and cardigans. Today it is highly sought after due to its softness, lightweight nature and superior warmth. It is eight times warmer than the standard sheep’s wool and 33% lighter. This is due to a small crimp in the wool that holds in pockets of warm air.
Each year around half/two thirds of world cashmere production comes from regions of China (including Tibet and Inner Mongolia), one-quarter/one-third comes from Mongolia, and less than one quarter originates from Iran and Afghanistan.