Cashmere Manufacturing

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One of the most luxurious natural fibres, cashmere’s soft texture and lightweight yarn has been a part of the textile industry since 15th century Persia when woolen cashmere shawls were crafted for royal guests. Obtained from the fibre of cashmere goats, it is unique from other yarns in that it provides good warmth and insulation despite its most celebrated qualities – it is both soft and lightweight.


Cashmere comes from the undergrowth (underbelly) of the cashmere goat. Cashmere fibres are actually cylindrical hairs that can be processed into yarn and used for weaving and knitting, into garments as its own fibre or blended with other high end natural fibres for luxury and couture knitwear.


Once collected the cashmere fibre needs to be combed and sorted by hand to separate the coarser protective top coat from the soft undercoat used in textiles. This makes cashmere an extremely rare fibre, and its availability is often scarce – making it a premium fibre. That aside, cashmere is a renewable resource.

Cashmere fibre is measured in length and thickness, known as microns. To ensure optimum quality our fibre engineers source only the best cashmere fibre of 15-16 microns, ensuring premium softness, luxury and warmth.


Cashmere is one of the most highly sought after textiles in high-end fashion. Its combination of warmth and softness makes it ideal for clothing that has direct skin contact or as a mid layer item for comfort and style. Both knit and woven cashmere is ideal for soft touch babywear and long wearing suits, owing to its highly adaptable fibres which can be spun into fine or thick yarns.

Unlike the bulk of traditional wool fibre, cashmere offers a finer fibre, suited to the more delicate garment or accessories. Cashmere is long lasting and becomes softer with age. In fashion circles cashmere has become synonymous with shawls, scarves, and hats, thanks to its timelessness.


Cashmere’s natural colourings are mixed shades of brown and white. These base tones respond well to dyeing. Using our state of the art colour lab our colour matching technicians can devise a dye to suit your cashmere couture. Woolyarns can fibre dye cashmere in any quantity from 50kg – 150kg.


We can blend our cashmere fibres with Brushtail possum down and Mulberry Silk to create one of the softest knitting yarns known to modern textiles, Perino.Our fully-automated, self-contained blending unit uses pneumatic transportation, blending up to 10,000kg batches of specialised natural fibres.

As an alternative to 100% cashmere yarns we offer custom blended and dyed, high quality yarns made from both natural and synthetic fibres.

To arrange custom blend cashmere manufacturing please contact your local Woolyarns distributor or speak with us directly.


As yarn engineers we bring decades of expertise and passion to our work. Our cashmere yarns can be manufactured to your exact requirements, down to the last microfibre, and customised according to the specifications and capabilities of your machines.


We take pride in having a sustainable and environmentally conscious supply chain for all the yarns produced in our factory. We regularly monitor our cashmere supply chain, ensuring that our suppliers are operating under acceptable standards.


Cashmere is a premium material, sought after by yarn manufacturers the world over. Woolyarns can supply cashmere wholesale in varying quantities, depending on your specifications. Our New Zealand based factory can create custom blends from a range of natural and synthetic fibres, to produce some of the world’s finest luxury yarn. Get in touch with us to discuss your yarn specifications, and we’ll work with you to create the product you need.