Founded in 2014 in Scotland, Maple Tree Scotland aims to provide its customers affordable luxury fashion accessories.
Maple Tree Scotland started with silk scarves and cashmere scarves.
Silk has set the standard in luxury fabrics for several millennia. The origins of silk date back to Ancient China.
The Chinese used silk fabrics for arts and decorations as well as for clothing. Silk became an integral part of the Chinese economy and an important means of exchange for trading with neighboring countries. Caravans traded the prized silk fabrics along the famed Silk Road into the Near East. By the fourth century B.C. , Alexander the Great is said to have introduced silk to Europe. The popularity of silk was influenced by Christian prelates who donned the rich fabrics and adorned their altars with them. Gradually the nobility began to have their own clothing fashioned from silk fabrics as well.
Silk is highly valued because it possesses many excellent properties. Not only does it look lustrous and feel luxurious, but it is also lightweight, resilient, and extremely strong—one filament of silk is stronger then a comparable filament of steel! Although fabric manufacturers have created less costly alternatives to silk, such as nylon and polyester, silk is still in a class by itself.
Cashmere is fine in texture, strong, light, and soft. Garments made from it provide excellent insulation, approximately three times that of sheep wool. Cashmere is also softer than regular wool.
Cashmere wool fiber for clothing and other textile articles is obtained from the neck region of Cashmere goats. Cashmere is collected during the spring moulting season when the goats naturally shed their winter coat. the goats moult as early as March and as late as May. The mixed mass of down and coarse hair is removed by hand with a coarse comb that pulls tufts of fiber from the animal as the comb is raked through the fleece. The collected fiber then has a higher yield of pure cashmere after the fiber has been washed and dehaired.
Pure cashmere can be dyed and spun into yarns and knitted into jumpers(sweaters), hats, gloves, socks and other clothing, or woven into fabrics then cut and assembled into garments such as outer coats, jackets, trousers (pants), pajamas, scarves, blankets, and other items.
Typical yield of fiber from one goat: 180g to 250g (6 oz. to 9 oz.)