Launched in the late 1800s, the heritage of scarf-making at Burberry has been passed down from generation to generation, from sourcing raw materials to the finishing of the product.
Cashmere is eight times warmer than wool, making it a perfect product for beating the winter rain and wind. And Burberry has always used the most advanced techniques combined with classic traditions to bring out the best of the material. In fact, since the early days, a strong bonding between the mill owners and the local traders who worked with herders brought in only the best cashmere for the brand’s precious scarves.
In the modern process, once harvested, the raw cashmere is transported to Burberry’s mill in Scotland where it undergoes 40 individual processes. Each fibre is given a microscopic check to ensure that the diameter and colour of every strand in a batch of 500 is the same shade.
Once the fibres are blended, dyed and carded, they are spun into yarn and woven into cloth on traditional looms. The cloth is then finished in slow and gentle stages, respecting the delicate nature of the fibres.
Washed in pure Scottish spring water, the surface of the fabric is then cut and pressed, locking in the characteristic texture and natural lustre for which Burberry cashmere is known.
Accompanying the check designs, the new Heritage Collection features scarves in solid colours of parade red, charcoal and stone, while new textures have been introduced with lightweight, crinkled cashmere in parade red, camel, charcoal and stone.