100% himalayan wool
Recently we have been getting a lot of questions from our customers about the material we use in Cape Infinity. In a way I am very excited to receive these questions, as this shows how involved customers are during their decision making process. It is very important for each one of us to question where our products are coming from, who is making it, what impact does it have on the environment etc.
So I thought it would be a good topic to write a small blog about. I have worked very closely with the artisan groups for the last 5 years and traveled to the source to understand the entire value chain of the production process. As wool procurement is the first step of the process, I wanted to get as much information as possible about this process.
We researched a lot on understanding the process of ethical procurement of wool - by exactly getting to know the source, how it is processed and how people are compensated. Currently the wool that is used for Cape Infinity and Cape Infinity Lite is sourced from the Himalayan region (mainly from Chamba region - offers breathtaking views) from the local sheep herders.
The entire process is monitored by the state government including the one of sending their experienced representatives to carefully shear the wool from the sheep twice a year. By keeping the process small scale we can ensure that all the people and in this case sheep involved in the process are treated and compensated well and can guarantee the source and quality of the wool that we use in our products.
In reality the process our artisan group follows is that which can be certify the wool as organic wool, however as the certification process is so complex and expensive officially we cannot call it organic wool, though it is. We think it's more important to invest in people than certificates at this stage :)
The process of procuring wool is just the 1st step towards making the fibre ready to be woven by the weaver - however as this is one of the most important step we keep a very close watch on this process.
I have been learning a lot from my artisans on how the quality of wool mainly depends on mother nature, weather conditions, water etc - beautiful right? I would like to talk about this in the next segment of my blog.
If there are any questions about the procurement process, please do ask and we would be happy to share the information we have.
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