From fiber to yarn
If you not only expect best quality, but also want to find out where our yarns come from and how they have been manufactured, have a look at our yarn processing. There are no secrets from the origin in Kyrgyzstan to the final product in your hands.
1. Animal husbandry
Kyrgyzstan is a former Soviet Republic in the heart of Central Asia. For a majority of the rural population - two thirds of the total population - animal breeding and husbandry still accounts for the largest share of income. The farmers from whom we source our cashmere, mainly live in the districts At-Bashi and Kochkor in the province of Naryn, as well as in the districts of Alay und Chong-Alay in the province of Osh.
2. raw cashmere treatment
After collecting the raw cashmere and yak from the farmers, we bring the material to Bishkek to our warehouse. There we pre-clean the fibers, sort them according to various quality requirements, and finally press and pack them for further shipping. In this way, we assure that we ship the best quality to Europe. Raw fibres that cannot hit the quality standards for our products are resold to local traders who further trade the fibers with clients and processors in China.
The small town of Verviers has a history of over 300 years of wool and textile manufacturing, especially because the water of the small river Weser is supposed to be particularly suitable for scouring fine fibres. With its specialized knowledge, Traitex SA, which was founded in the late 60ies, continues to cope successfully with the increasing competition from Asia that challenges the Belgian wool industry. We are proud to call Traitex our processing partner, particularly because Traitex owns the only wool washing plant in Europe that is GOTS and Oekotex certified.
Cashmere Fibers Ltd. is a comparatively young company managed by two experienced gentlemen. The company is based in the small town of Bradford, which has been a center of the UK wool spinning and weaving industry since the early 18th century. Cashmere Fibers stands up to the challenges of the Asian competition with its high quality requirements, and the capacity to adapt. Since 2011, the company manages an entire de-hairing and combing plant in the city of Herat in Afghanistan. For us, Cashmere Fibers is the ideal partner, because we can count on the wide knowledge and network of the owners.
Ettrick Yarn Dyers Ltd. was founded in 2000 to continue a modern dyeing unit operated by Laidlaw & Fairgrieve, a well-known company which operated in Scotland. The objective was to retain the expertise of the personnel, which is one of the most experienced dyeing teams in the Scottish Textiles industry. The Company continues to occupy the same dyer’s woodruff expertise and has undertaken an extensive upgrading program since becoming independent in 2000. The fusion of tradition and modernity, and the specific knowledge and expertise of its staff allows Ettrick Yarn Dyers to offer specialized dyeing services for high quality fine fiber yarns.
Ettrick dyies according to the EC Reach Regulation.
The Spinning Mill R. Gledhill is located in the small town of Delph in the northeastern part of Manchester. Gledhill was founded in 1936 from a merger with Pingle Mill; textile manufacturing has been carried out at Pingle Mill since 1777. Since its foundation, the capacity of Gledhill has been constantly increased whilst maintaining its versatility, allowing the production of a varied selection of woolen yarns. This is even more noteworthy in context of the economic challenges of the English textile industry overall. The family company is managed in fourth generation, and we are happy to rely on the knowledge, experience, and modern spinning machinery of Gledhill.