Cashmere has always been considered one of the world’s most noble fibres; as far back as the Roman Empire, only the most important members of society were permitted to wear it. Along time, cashmere was considered as a prerogative of a small élite group of people, until modern technology and trade exchanges made cashmere easier to buy.
Why then it is still considered so precious and noble? Many reasons can explain this, starting with its origins. The most luxurious and precious cashmere comes from inland Mongolia, a region of central Asia where climate is extreme. In this arid environment, sitting at 2,000 meters above sea level, the temperatures reach -30°C in winter, followed by hot and torrid summers; this particular climate produces the unique cashmere goats’ soft duvet (behind the coarser longer fibres) which protects the animal from wind and rain.
The other reason is that the average cashmere goat yields approximately four and a half ounces (125 grams) of under-fleece a year which, during the moulting season every spring, must be combed or plucked by hand. It takes the fleece of one goat to make a scarf, of two goats to make a lady’s sweater and of at least twenty-four to make an overcoat.
Finally, we have to consider all the work that is behind the production of a cashmere spool; first the fine cashmere fibres are twisted together in spinning, thus forming thousands of microscopic air pockets which make cashmere a superb insulator. Then the fibres are sprayed with a coating of light oil that protects them from subsequent processes, such as dying, and makes them easier to manage.
This is when our experience, research and creativity come into play and allow our brand to produce our finest cashmere garments. Experience helps us selecting the highest quality yarns and to weave them the best possible way; research has brought us modern knitting machinery; creativity is what identifies us, together with the highest attention to every detail.
Every garment that receives “I Rocchi” label with the rose is a unique creation, coming from the highest craftsman quality of our company.