WHAT MAKES OUR CASHMERE SO SPECIAL?
- We use 100% pure cashmere made in Italy by a centuries-old cashmere specialist
- Our cashmere yarn is made from an extra fine and long cashmere fiber, which gives the finished garment an incredibly soft and supple feel
- We insist on knitting our cashmere right here in Germany at a knitting company with over a 150-years of experience
- Unique colors: organic ingredients like leaves, flowers, seeds and a highly technological dyeing process for 100% natural products make them possible
- We dye our cashmere locally in Italy and Austria, so each season we are able to develop custom colors that you will find only at MURIÉE
- Our cashmere is chosen for both its inherent beauty and ethical consideration
- We respect and promote the interests of all involved in the production of this wonderful product cashmere from fiber to finished product
- Cashmere is the ultimate four-season fabric: Its fibers are dense enough to keep you warm but light enough to be breathable and cool come summer
- The result: Have-forever cashmere knits in one-of-a-kind colors that you will find only at MURIÉE
WITH WHICH NATURAL INGREDIENTS DO WE DYE OUR CASHMERE?
Finding THE color, that singular shade to perfectly suit the unique and luxe texture of cashmere is a sensible business. After putting together a color mood board that sets the tone for the entire collection we start sending samples back and forth to our family-owned mills in Austria and Italy to perfectly match the colors on cashmere yarn. It can take months to get it right! The exact mixtures, receips and percentages of organic ingredients used to dye our cashmere sweaters, cardigans and scarves is a well kept secret of our color specialists. But as you can imagine we love to share some examples of dyeing plants with you -
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Poppy is a herbaceous annual plant from European origins. It grows up to 90cm high with flowers varying in color from red to violet. The delicate petals are used to produce dyes with a color range from violet to grey shades. Poppy seeds are an important food item and the source of poppy seed oil. It is widely grown as an ornamental flower throughout Europe, North and South America and Asia.
Turmeric is part of the ginger family and grows wild in the forests of South and Southeast Asia. Annually collected for its rhizomes it has become widely known as spice and key ingredient for many dishes. In ayurvedic practices turmeric is used as anti-inflammatory agent and is said to improve the skin. Currently it is being investigated for possible benefits in Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.
MALLOW (Malva sylvestris):
Mallow is a spreading herb native in Western Europe. It is a vigorously healthy plant with flowers of bright mauve-purple growing freely in fields and as decoration in gardens. Already 5000 years ago mallow was highly valued as medical plant in Chinese traditional medicine and even the bible mentions the mallow.
Tea is an evergreen plant that grows mainly in tropical and sub-tropical climate zones. Only the top 2-5 cm of the mature bush are picked. A tea plant will grow into an up to 16-meter high tree if left undisturbed. Tea leaves contain more than 700 chemicals among which amino acids, vitamins E, C and a number of antioxidants that have beneficial effects to human health.
LICORICE (Glycyrrhiza glabra):
Licorice crosses the lines between fragrance, flavor and medicinal herb and is one of worlds most popular and widely consumed herbs. The source plant is a member of the pea family native in southern Europe. Licorice sticks are the underground stems of the plant and are of great medical and culinary interest.The repair of London Bridge was financed by a tax on licorice imports in 1305.
INDIGO (Indigofera tinctoria):
Indigo is probably the worlds oldest natural dyestuff. India was a primary supplier of indigo dye to Europe as early as the Greco-Roman era. It is derived from the plant Indigofera tinctoria which grows as a bush of one to two meters heights. Indigo is produced through a process of controlled fermentation over a number of days to convert the green pinnate leaves of the plant into the blue dye.
The East Indian blackwood or Indian rosewood is from the Dalbergia latifolia tree, a premium-quality timber species having a dark purple wood. Dalbergia is a large genus of small to medium-size trees, bushes and lianas of the pea family. The tannins in the grey bark of the tree have Ayurvedic medicinal properties.
COCHINEAL (Dactylopius coccus):
Cochineal is a traditional red dye of pre-Hispanic Mexico derived from an insect that lives as parasite on plants. More properly cochineal is a chemical extract of carminic acid from the bodies of scale insects. The host plants are certain prickly pear cacti (platypuntias, Opuntia) especially the species called nopales.