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Craftsmanship

The Scottish Borders has a long-held reputation for producing some of the world’s most luxurious fabrics, built on a blend of heritage expertise, traditional skills and design innovation. The Kinalba approach sits at the very top of this pinnacle.

Kinalba Cashmere Source

Kinalba uses only the finest cashmere fibres – sourced from the Alashan region of Inner Mongolia. Here they raise their flocks of goats at high altitude and allow them to roam freely over the mountain plateaus. It is this unique combination of geographic, climatic and dietary conditions that allows the goats to produce the finest cashmere.

The herdsmen carefully comb the fine hairs from the underbelly of the goats prior to grading the fibres, where they are sorted by hand into colour, micron and length. We select only the most suitable fibres for our colour palette, the finest micron and the optimal length for our processes to ensure you receive an end product that is durable and luxurious – a timeless piece, made to last.

Just before dyeing, our cashmere is de-haired to remove any impurities and course hair, ready for manufacturing.

Dyeing

We dye our cashmere early in the process into a beautiful array of selected Kinalba core colours. Many of these tones are reflective of the Scottish landscape and flora throughout each of the seasons. We use ecological methods of dyeing, such as using natural colourants while avoiding chemicals in the process.

Blending & Carding

We dye our cashmere early in the process into a beautiful array of selected Kinalba core colours. Many of these tones are reflective of the Scottish landscape and flora throughout each of the seasons.

Spinning

At this point of the process the carded fibres are still delicate and need strengthening. To do this our artisans spin and twist the fibres together to create a very fine and even yarn. This foundational part of the process ensures Kinalba cashmere can be woven into the perfect product.

Warping & Weaving

Skilled technicians follow the designer’s instruction, selecting specific coloured yarns. Warp yarns are firstly aligned vertically onto a warp mill and then transferred to a beam ready for the weaving loom. To create the overall desired pattern, the weft yarns are pulled through over and under the warp yarn horizontally using a high-speed shuttle. Kinalba cashmere designs are woven specifically for sophisticated audiences and specific occasions in mind.

Washing and Scouring

Scottish Borders water is exceptionally soft and perfect for creating the ideal soap lather. This enhances the natural properties of the fibres and is one of the reasons our cashmere is of the highest standard in the world.

Raising & Teaseling

To provide the perfect finish, the surface of our fabrics is ‘raised’ to give the fabric body and create pile direction. We then use teasel heads from nature itself, to create a smooth ripple effect on the surface of the product. All these incremental gains enable us to produce the ultimate handle of the cashmere product.

Quality Assurance

Our quality assurance team follow the manufacturing process throughout, checking the product specification at each and every stage. At the end of the whole process, we personally do a final quality check to approve our luxurious products. We hope you love wearing them as much as we do making them.

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Gift Wrapping - Information

Have your luxurious Kinalba product gift wrapped in elegant, sustainable packaging. Our gift to you is that it’s completely free of charge – as is delivery. We will handwrite your message for that personal touch. You can include this in the check out process before payment. Thank you for shopping with Kinalba x

Terms

  • All packaging is recyclable and intended to be used as many times as possible to store your product or for any other purpose.
  • Packaging includes tissue paper to protect your product and then inserted into a Kinalba branded gift envelope (tied with a tartan ribbon during the Festive Season). If you have purchased a Balvenie Throw then we use a large Kinalba box.
  • Notes are hand-written on recycled A6 card and are limited to 120 characters.
  • Where possible we will reduce the amount of packaging by placing two items in one gift envelope.
  • Our service is free of charge.

Gift Wrapping - Information

Have your luxurious Kinalba product gift wrapped in elegant, sustainable packaging. Our gift to you is that it’s completely free of charge – as is delivery. We will handwrite your message for that personal touch. You can include this in the check out process before payment. Thank you for shopping with Kinalba x

Terms

  • All packaging is recyclable and intended to be used as many times as possible to store your product or for any other purpose.
  • Packaging includes tissue paper to protect your product and then inserted into a Kinalba branded gift envelope (tied with a tartan ribbon during the Festive Season). If you have purchased a Balvenie Throw then we use a large Kinalba box.
  • Notes are hand-written on recycled A6 card and are limited to 120 characters.
  • Where possible we will reduce the amount of packaging by placing two items in one gift envelope.
  • Our service is free of charge.