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Sunday Fiber Facts- Cashmere

Happy Sunday Fiber Facts! Let’s talk cashmere!

As a surprise to many folks cashmere doesn’t come from sheep, but goats! Who would think those rascals would produce such fine fibers?

Most cashmere comes from goats in the Gobi Desert, which stretches from Northern China into Mongolia. Beneath the animal’s coarse hair lies an undercoat of superfine fibers concentrated on the underbelly. In May and June, when the goats molt, the belly hair is combed, sorted by hand, and sent to a dehairing facility to be cleaned and refined.

Hence the reason for the high expense associated with the fiber. One goat can produce 6 to 9oz per year, which is nominal in comparison to many sheep breeds.

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