Semka, the founder of SEMON Cashmere grew up in Mongolian countryside with great-grandparents who were talented in spinning and knitting cashmere by hand, which is why SEMON Cashmere is committed to upholding the ancient culture that surrounds Mongolian cashmere.
Mongolian cashmere is considered to be the highest quality in the industry, as it is known for having the longest and most resilient fibres, due to its cold climate and shepherding traditions.
The brand is committed to upholding the highest-standard of animal welfare, while respecting the traditions of Mongolian goat herders, and is focused on environmental sustainability, with a goal of zero waste throughout the production line. Each cashmere item is a piece of artisan craftsmanship, and pays homage to Semka’s Mongolian nomadic heritage.
In Mongolia, cashmere is hand combed from each individual goat in the spring. As the weather warms, the undercoat naturally begins to shed. Hand combing is the process which allows for the separation of the finest combings from the coarser combings and leaves the goat with its guard hairs intact, providing better protection from wind and rain. Mongolia’s diverse weather conditions of hot and cold climates along with elevation and herding traditions are ideal for the production of the longest and finest cashmere.
Each Mongolian goat produces 250 to 300 grams of cashmere per year. After processing the combings yield only 50% of the original weight in cashmere. Thus, it takes combings from between three to four goats to produce just one cashmere piece of clothing!