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 herders 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. Every step of the process – from cleaning to dyeing – is done by hand by artisans who have learnt the craft from their forefathers.
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
Varana uses only the softest and purest cashmere yarn and garments are 100% cashmere with no blends. Varana’s knitwear designs are distinctive. We believe that cashmere deserves an original approach, one that meets the highest expectations of a discerning luxury-lover who is also mindful of provenance and ethical ways of making.
We take 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.