The Cashmere World trade event is broadening its focus to cover the whole range of fine fibres, in a move that should increase its appeal for fashion buyers.

The show, which will be staged next in September at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, will now include vicuna, alpaca, muskox (qivlut), merino, angora rabbit, cashmere, baby yak down, camel down, guanaco, llama, chinchilla and mohair.

The wider scope has been added in response to calls from both visitors and exhibitors, the organisers say. 

Not only is cashmere is often combined with other luxurious fibres such as silk and superfine merino wool to create hybrid garments and sweaters, but demand for fine and rare fibres has grown in line with rising demand for luxury products.

It is also expected that cashmere oriented exhibitors will now benefit from the increased diversity of fashion buyers coming to the trade event as there will be a wider range of products manufactured from the world's fine fibres on display to attract them.

As a fashion event, Cashmere World is strengthened by the synergy created by being held concurrently alongside the Fashion Access fair.

Also planned at this year's fair is the Cashmere World Forum, which will provide a platform for industry leaders and experts to exchange ideas on cashmere and fine fibres. Karl Spilhauss, president of the Cashmere and Camel Hair Manufacturers Institute (CCMI), USA, and Seyed Abbas Rafat, associate professor of the Animal Science Department at the University of Tabriz, Iran, will be presenting at the forum.

Cashmere World takes place from 25-27 September at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. Click here for more details.