From Steppe to Downs
Misty Cashmere began in a small village near Lewes in the heart of the Sussex Downs. We wanted to create ethical knitwear made from natural fibres which were warm and easy to wear in modern timeless styles.
From plateau and plains
Our knitwear is spun in cashmere, cashmere and merino, and yak yarn which are socially and responsibly produced. The cashmere used in our garments is from the Erdos Plateau, Inner Mongolia while the yak yarn comes from Tibet helping the herdsman keep their traditional way of life - both are spun in Inner Mongolia. The merino wool we use comes from Australia.
Meanwhile, our bamboo fabric is printed just a few miles away in Sussex!
Our supplier farms cashmere goats that are raised on open grasslands. Temperatures often get to -46° C on the Mongolian Steppe which is exposed to the cold Siberian winds from the north. To brace themselves against the harsh winters the Mongolian goats produce a downy layer known as cashmere which is believed to be the finest, longest and softest yarn in the world; it is finer, stronger, lighter and approximately three times more insulating than sheep wool.
Designs to enjoy
Our knitwear comes in two different weights - a chunky 7-gauge knit and a finer 12 gauge knit.
We hope that our knitwear will last for many years. Each garment has its own character and we hope you will have great fun wearing them!
Our latest design is called 'Wool Town' which we commissioned from OK David and we currently have this printed on 100% bamboo fabric as well as our gift wrapping paper and card. David's other work includes 'Queue for the Zoo' - a best-selling Liberty design. David's work is fun and quirky and our design features (of course!) sheep, goats and yaks!
Bamboo fabric has antibacterial and hypoallergenic properties. The bamboo plant grows very quickly and has an inherit natural barricade against bacteria - indeed most varieties of bacteria and bugs that attempt to thrive on the bamboo plant are eradicated naturally on contact. Bamboo is very soft - almost silk like and comfortable to wear against the skin. It is also breathable and wicks moisture away from the fabric quickly allowing moisture to evaporate into the air.
Yak yarn full of character
Like the cashmere goats, yaks form a dense woolly undercoat to insulate them from the extreme winter cold. The yak is the main bovine in the Tibetan Plateau and is heavily built with a bulky frame, sturdy legs and rounded cloven hooves as well as extremely dense, long fur. Wild yaks are generally dark, blackish to brown in colour, while domestic yaks can be quite variable, being brown, grey, white or even piebald. Because the yak hair is such a beautiful natural colour we leave it undyed.
Yaks are free ranging; the herders follow them in a nomadic pattern between spring, summer, autumn and winter pastures. They help maintain the delicate ecosystem of the area as they graze on a variety of flora, fertilize the land with their manure and spread the seeds with their broad hooves. The yaks are not clipped but instead the hair is gathered naturally when they moult in the summer and retains its insulating properties when knitted into garments for years to come!