Cashmere Connections Pty Ltd

Trisha and Charles Esson first entered the fibre industry in 1987 when they brought a cashmere goat flock to run on their 500 acre farm near Rokewood, in Victoria. In 2002 it became apparent that the smaller fibre industries in Australia, needed processing facilities in Australia, to develop markets with the relatively small amounts of specialty fibres produced locally and to eliminate some of the price fluctuations associated with international commodity markets.   In the early years of our business, we worked with the then grower owned co-operative, AFFL, to develop the duvet alpaca product. Later we worked with Creswick Woollen Mills to provide suitable semi processed alpaca which helped them develop their Alpaca yarns. It was Creswick Woollen Mills who encouraged us to start buying alpaca fleece in order to provide them with enough suitable product to manufacture their Australian Alpaca products.

We at Cashmere Connections, are and always have been, enthusiastic supporters of local fibre industries and try as much as possible to on sell our products to Australian manufacturers so that the end product is 100% Australian Grown and manufactured. We are constantly working with other Australian manufactures to develop new products and open new markets. Most recently we have developed a good working relationship with Bendigo Woollen Mills who use our Australian Huacaya / Suri blend Alpaca top in their yarns. Wangaratta Woollen Mills have also recently started processing our combed tops into commercial lots of beautiful yarn both for us and also for many of our clients. All of the Alpaca we buy, is sold in Australia to other Australian manufactures, on sellers or final users. Once people see the products that can be made in Australia, with Australian fibre, they are converts.

Our factory, located in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, houses two dehairing machines as well an extensive range of top making equipment. Using this equipment, our skilled staff are able to prepare a range of natural fibres for worsted, semi worsted & woollen spinning. We are also able to dehair scoured alpaca pieces (both white and coloured), providing a quality product for the local alpaca duvet makers. Over many years, we have always bought all types and colours of alpaca fibre and with time have established Australian markets for all types of semi processed Alpaca fibre, giving value to all of the fleece shorn from an Alpaca.

If interested in selling their fibre to Cashmere Connections Pty Ltd., Alpaca producers should consult our website for our current price list, how to prepare fibre for consignment to us, and all other details relevant to our fibre buying operation. There are no extra costs to the grower when consigning their fibre to Cashmere Connections for sale. However if well presented, there may be a small classing bonus paid to the grower.

Cashmere Connections Pty Ltd will pay for transport to us from designated transport depots. Please contact us to organise this. Drop off of fleece at the factory is welcome also. Growers are welcome to see the factory in operation and collect some replacement wool packs when they deliver their fleeces to us. It is a good idea to phone before coming to make sure that it is not an RDO, even so, if convenient, someone can be at the factory to open up and accept your clip.

Payment is made after the clip has been assessed and classed out. The preferred method of payment is by direct bank deposit, with a statement of payment and clip feedback emailed to the grower.

Coming from a fibre producer background, we find that we are able to successfully help fibre producers who are trying to navigate their way through the often confusing paths to value added product. Those thinking of value adding to their own clips are welcome to phone us and have a chat. If we can't help you, we are happy to refer you to someone who can.

To contact:
Web: www.cashmereconnections.com.au.
Phone: (03) 5367 4222
Mobile: 0432 964 665
Email: trish.esson@mail.com