From East to West: the production of cashmere and its timeless traditionEfesti
Cellini’s family work starts in a small farm located in Romagna’s hills, where the passion for animals and nature allowed to breed , literally , the raw material of their productions : Capra Hircus , from which they get the fine fiber also called Vello d’oro . In 2012 was officially born the Cellini Cashmere livestock, that transforms the “rough material” in noble and precious clothing accessories such as scarves , hats and gloves.
This ancient craft sink its roots in the past and has had to manage with Eastern and Western civilizations vicissitudes, which have been met and clashed .In the years of the Napoleonic conquests in Africa , the material was exported to the European continent : the weavers , thwarted by Napoleone’s embargo on maritime commerce , were ready to buy the precious material even in the distant Russia. The Restoration, transformed the precious yarn into a status-symbol that handed down its prestige since our days.
This practice of craftsmanship has been recovered by Cellini Cashmere, who chose to raise goats in a wild and semi-wild status, following the cycle of nature .
Generally, the collection of the fiber takes place once a year by brushing, because cashmere is not always ready to break away from the animal.The amount per head varies between 200 and 300 grams , and is stored in separate compartments to preserve the traceability and the merging of the colors , waiting for the next manufacturing.
The main steps of the cashmere production are 5: The collection , which is the manual brushing of goats in spring , the time when animals change the fleece; the manual selection to separate the larger and roughest hair from the softer undercoat, also selecting the color ; separation, that is the reject of the less valuable fibres; spinning, that is the transformation of the fibers into yarn and the weaving of cashmere wool .
The admirable effort in wanting to recover ancient traditions and workmanship, makes it possible to create unique quality’s products. The Vello d’oro and the processing granted by the Cellini’s family are important signals of how much activities that we now consider of ” other times” , are actually present and essential to preserving and transmitting the Made in Italy’s quality .