Best bridesmaid's gift ever.
Once a year, Claudia McClung combs out her herd of cashmere goats and collects grocery sacks full of what she pulls out. The heavy guard hairs are professionally removed, and the cashmere strands each one only 15 microns wide are returned to her.
She processes the cashmere by hand, agitating it in soapy water until the fibers meld together into a cashmere felt, which she wraps around bars of goat's milk soap.
It's a therapeutic process, she says like making bread: "The kneading of the bread makes you feel good and that's kind of how felting is."
The cashmere-covered soap is like a luxurious loofah, she says, "kind of like a mild scrubby thing you would use in the bathtub." The best part: Your sudsing continues the felting process so the extra fabric shrinks along with the soap.
McClung sews individual cloth bags for the soaps and sells them for $16 at the Very Richmond shop in the Omni Hotel. HS