# Where does cashmere come from?
Though you may not know it, there’s a great amount of history behind every pair of cashmere socks we sell. Although cashmere has been spun from the soft undercoats of cashmere goats for centuries, it hasn’t always been as popular as it is today. Cashmere itself is an anglicisation of ‘Kashmir’, a largely mountainous region that overlaps the borders of northern India, Pakistan and China. It was here in the 14th Century that a travelling Iranian scholar and poet called Ali Hamadani was first impressed by the high-quality of the rare fabric. He in turn presented a cashmere garment to the King of Kashmir. The King was amazed by the softness and warmth of the material and the popularity and production of the fabric took off from there. The gift that Hamadani gave to the King was, of course, a pair of cashmere socks. If you’re feeling inspired by this incredible, historic present, why not have a look at our gift-packs?
Despite this early success, cashmere would only make it to Europe at the turn of the 19th century, thanks to none other than Napoleon Bonaparte. The future emperor of France was not only a military genius, but also a man of impeccable taste and he sent a cashmere shawl back to his wife Joséphine during his Ottoman campaign. From this point onwards, cashmere became a prized, luxury material in France and western Europe.
Today, China pumps out more raw cashmere than any other country while Italy and Scotland are Europe’s leading manufacturers of high-quality cashmere products. That’s why all our cashmere socks are knitted in specialist Italian workshops.
# Why wear cashmere?
Cashmere socks are unique. They are not only three times warmer than regular cotton, but they are also luxuriously soft and incredibly lightweight. Cashmere’s valuable insulating properties are the result of the cashmere goat’s harsh habitat. These goats can be found as high as 4000m above sea level, chewing away on Himalayan grass. Here it can get as cold as -30°C in winter. To survive these brutal temperatures, cashmere goats have developed a dual fleece system to keep warm. Underneath their tough, protective outer layer is an undercoat of very thin, hollow hairs that serve as excellent insulators. Our cosy cashmere socks are spun and knitted from this soft and warm undercoat, making them the perfect socks for winter. Our luxury cashmere socks are also ideal for days spent at home and can even make working from home a luxurious experience.
Here at Mes Chaussettes Rouges, we believe in the importance of comfort. Wear your cashmere socks when you want to be at your most comfortable. The perfect bed socks, once you put our luxury cashmere socks on, you’ll never want to take them off.
Choose between pure cashmere socks and cashmere blend socks; a mixture of cashmere and silk that can be worn all year round. We stock men’s cashmere socks as well as cashmere socks for women. As well as our selection of short (mid-calf) cashmere socks, we also offer longer, knee-high models. You’ve never experienced luxury quite like cashmere socks.
# How to look after your cashmere socks?
Cashmere is a rare and valuable material that is unrivalled in terms of comfort and warmth. In light of this, it's only fair that you give it a little extra care. For the best results, wash your cashmere socks by hand and dry flat. Cashmere can also be washed by machine; choose a delicate setting with a cool temperature and a low spin-rate. If they are looked after well, cashmere socks can get even softer over time, so take good care of them!