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What is cashmere wool

Cashmere wool, usually simply known as cashmere, is a fiber obtained from cashmere goats, pashmina goats, and some other breeds of goat. It has been used to make yarn, textiles and clothing for hundreds of years. Cashmere is closely associated with the Kashmir shawl, the word "cashmere" deriving from an anglicisation of Kashmir, when the Kashmir shawl reached Europe in the 19th century. Both the soft undercoat and the guard hairs may be used; the softer hair is reserved for textiles, while the coarse guard hair is used for brushes and other non-apparel purposes.

What is so special about cashmere?

Cashmere is known for being one of the softest fibers in the world. Its thin hairs mean that it can be woven into incredibly soft, luxurious garments and it's long lasting, but it comes at a cost. Cashmere doesn't come from a sheep like you may think, but from the cashmere goat.

Why is cashmere expensive?

Pure cashmere is very expensive due to its unique characteristics and the involved production process, where the fibers are separated by hand from the molted coats of the particular goat.

What's the difference between wool and cashmere?

Unlike most wool on the market, cashmere is not sourced from sheep but rather the cashmere goat. It's still classed as a kind of wool, much like sheep's wool, alpaca and merino, but its fibres are beyond compare in terms of strength, softness and sheer luxury.

What is cashmere wool used for?

Cashmere is one of the most sought-after fibers in the world, especially for making scarves, sweaters and beanies.

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Is cashmere itchy

Cashmere is considered to be far less itchy than other wools. Cashmere does not contain lanolin, so it's an entirely hypoallergenic alternative to merino and other fibres. However, cashmere is a natural yarn and this can cause mild irritation for some people.