In particular, the cashmere used to produce the velvet of the Manifattura Tessile DINOLE® comes from Inner Mongolia and the neighboring provinces (in particular from Ningxia), where the harsh and extreme conditions in which the goats live make the fiber much finer than that coming from other regions. The average diameter of the fiber, from which our velvet is obtained, does not exceed 16 microns (less than half of normal wool fibers). This fineness enhances the softness of the yarn and its luster.
Cashmere goats produce a double fleece: a thin and soft undercoat and a thicker and rougher outer covering. To obtain the cashmere velvet the undercoat is separated from the coarser hairs through a comb, with a process called “de-hairing”.
Cashmere velvet, after being woven with a “W” construction, which guarantees strength and durability, undergoes various finishing operations.
The pieces are repeatedly brushed by 215000 needles that pinch the fibers and comb them in the same direction, then special spiral-shaped blades cut the excess hair. In this way the surface of the cashmere velvet becomes regular and clean, and is ready to be then stretched to obtain the classic luster and extreme softness.
The complete finish of a cashmere “piece” requires more than 48 hours of work.
Velvet is left to rest for a long time, suspended on special racks, so that the fibers regain natural moisture.
The production process of cashmere velvet ends with quality control, through several steps. Then the piece is rolled up with special machines that regulate the tension, preventing the creation of folds.
The cashmere velvets of the Manifattura Tessile DINOLE® are known throughout the world for their quality and are used and requested by the most important brands in the manufacturing sector.