Cashmere … just the name conjures up exotic places and luxury. Named for the Kashmir region where it was first produced, cashmere is the soft undercoat of several species of goat. Unlike sheep’s wool, cashmere is not shorn from the animal. It is painstakingly combed and collected during the molting season. This is what makes it so expensive.

Cashmere goats in the snow.
Cashmere goats in the snow *

Cashmere is one of the softest and warmest fibers used for textiles. I love working with it.

Cashmere producing goats *

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