Posted by Holly D

At Black we pride ourselves on the quality of our cashmere accessories and the skill involved in the production process. The company who produces our Italian cashmere accessories has been manufacturing cashmere yarn for over 100 years.

They source two types of cashmere; white cashmere from Inner Mongolia and brown cashmere from Outer Mongolia. The raw material is then imported to Italy and sent to Biella for washing and spinning. Biella is located between Milan and Turin and is famous for the quality of its water which is essential in ensuring that the Italian cashmere yarn maintains is softness.

They have 5 workshops which are all based in Liguria, a region in northern Italy, within one hour’s drive of their headquarters to ensure quality control.

One of these workshops, just a 10 minute drive from the stunning village of Portofino, houses hand operated shuttle looms which are based on the original design of 15th Century antique Belgian looms.

 

Antique Belgian Shuttle Loom In Action

 

It is on these looms that many of our Italian cashmere accessories are made due to the complexity of the looms it is operated by highly skilled craftsmen who attach each individual strand of cashmere to the needles and programme the weave pattern manually.

 

Handmade Italian Cashmere Scarf

 

Navy and White Large Fringed Cashmere Scarf

 

Yarn Woven into Fabric 

 

Classic Scottish tartan made from Italian Merino Wool

 

Gina preparing the cashmere yarn for the loom

 

Toby & Mattias learning about the weaving process

 

The weave patterns are coded onto these sheets manually