• Both early polar explorers and pioneering high-altitude alpinists have credited the use of cashmere for warmth in the most extreme conditions. Cashmere was used as a specialist insulation layer alongside other woollens on the British Antarctic Expedition of 1910-13, where expedition members customised garments to their own requirements.

  • In mountaineering, cashmere has proven historical provenance as a functional performance fibre. Equipment and provisions records for the British Mount Everest Expedition in 1953 detail the cashmere pullovers and woollen underwear that were supplied to the expedition team by Scottish knitwear manufacturers.

  • Today, although there is no longer the same level of dependence on natural woollen fibre for clothing insulation, particularly with the introduction of synthetic materials most commonly seen in polypropylene base layers and fleeces and the emergence of merino and merino blended fibres, the appeal of cashmere’s natural performance characteristics and inherent luxury feel cannot be matched.

  • Inspired by the heritage of the specialised insulation techniques used in polar and high-mountain expeditions of yesterday, Dhu has adapted and developed cashmere garments for a modern, functional, performance environment.

  • Despite the historical spirit of adventure ingrained in cashmere as a performance fibre, the use of cashmere in today’s outdoor and sporting activities is not widely recognised. However, those who have experienced its use in demanding cold weather conditions will recognise the benefit of having a cashmere insulation layer in their kit bag – valuing its unrivalled comfort and light weight. The first Dhu garments were created as functional insulation layers specifically for alpine skiing, ski touring and winter climbing. Today, Dhu products are used in a range of outdoor sporting activities.