From Yarn to Garment, Cashmere from the Himalayas
Few people are aware of the long and interesting journey a cashmere sweater makes before it reaches its wearer. What makes this voyage so special are the many communities who are involved in a garment’s creation – from the nomadic Changpa tribe who rear cashmere goats and harvest the fibre, to the artisanal communities in the Himalayan regions of Kashmir and Nepal who spin, weave and knit the final product.
The Soul of the Garment
We believe that every lovingly-made cashmere garment is imbued with the collective soul of its makers. To harvest the fine fibre from the undercoat of the Changthangi goats, for instance, the Changpa tribesmen will hold a goat in their laps and hand comb them gently. Every step of the process – from cleaning to dying – is done by hand by artisans who have learnt the craft from their forefathers. The spinning of yarn is done mostly by women, who operate hand-looms in their homes.
Varana’s cashmere garments are hand knitted or made on small hand-operated knitting machines. Local women, moving their hands deftly to the rhythm of hypnotic clanging, operate the majority of the small machines. Our high-quality cashmere is made to last, so great care is taken to ensure that just the right weight and knit structure are used.
Provenance Equals Quality
We are committed to sourcing the softest and purest cashmere, as well as creating garments with a quite distinctive style and flair. Each collection features elegant, unfussy silhouettes and unexpected accents, like hand-embroidered mirrors. We believe that cashmere deserves an original approach, one that addresses the discerning, global luxury-lover while being founded on a deep understanding of its source and history.
We take great pride in the fact that Varana is playing a role in upholding the Himalayan region’s rich cashmere heritage. Our Himalayan cashmere collection is not just a celebration of nature’s most luxurious fabric, but also a representation of the values that are dearest to us – luxury that is discreet, pure and holds both beauty and meaning.