New Frontiers in the World of Fashion: Knits
We will not be surprised to learn that the oldest artifact with a knitted appearance is a type of sock. These socks were created in Nålebinding, a knitting-like technique of making fabric by weaving a series of knots with a single needle and thread. Toe-socks have been excavated by archeologists and dated as far back as the 3rd-5th century AD, from the Romano-Egyptian period.
This is certainly not the oldest knitted object; it’s surely just the earliest anyone has found. Because knitting allowed the knitter to be mobile and not forced to perform the craft in one location, such as a loom would, nomadic people probably knitted as they traveled across the deserts, possibly as they bumped along on the back of a camel. When you consider that the craft of knitting must date back as far back as human beings do, we can reflect that it may have been taken for granted, solely because it has always been a part of our ancestry and collective heritage.
And so it is that throughout history, knitting has been seen as at some moments in time, “folk craft” and at other instances superior enough to enter the domain of royalty. The earliest known knitted items found in Europe were made by master Arabic knitters who were employed by Spanish royal families.
The objects knitted were so fine and magnificently knitted that they are now considered part of the treasury of Spain. Created in the 14th century, a painting attributed to Ambrogio Lorenzetti of Siena depicts the Holy Family and shows the Madonna contentedly knitting. At once a holy and domestic vision of motherhood, the two concepts cannot be separated.
In the 16th century the knitting machine came into existence. Interestingly, nobility and royalty demanded undergarments created with these machines. This was considered the highest form of ultimate high-end extravagance and very few could afford such luxury. Fast forward a thousand years and we see resurgence in honoring the craft of knitting once again. Designers from fashion power houses such as Loro Piana, Brunello Cucinelli and Donna Karan combine traditional craft, technological advances and a fresh interest in the soft warmth of the fine fiber turn out beautifully created traditional and contemporary garments worthy of red carpet limelight. On the whole though, cashmere, the finest and most luxurious wool on the planet, is still admired universally more for its unique comforting quality than its striking design.
Enter Zynni Cashmere. Here, we find a luxury designer with a complete focus on cashmere knitwear, aspiring to reveal the inner beauty and exquisite quality of fine 100% cashmere. The entire collection speaks of how this soft, warm and intoxicating knitted fabric drapes on the female figure within the rigorous standards of high fashion. Designer Qing Hua takes fashion and function to another level, a level not seen before in the cashmere clothing industry. Her innovation of cut and design sophistication enhances all figures and beautifies in the most luxurious comfort.
Today, our royalty can still be found wearing the finest of knitwear…cashmere. Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge is frequently seen in cashmere. Our Hollywood and music royalty are also fond of cashmere. Now, with the introduction of the new Zynni Cashmere Collection, everyone can enjoy superior luxury knitwear, the ultimate designs of truly groundbreaking cashmere fashion. Wearing Zynni Cashmere makes us all royalty.