Cashmere and what makes it
Cashmere, the mantle of kings, is well known for being one of the softest and most luxurious fibers. It is noble, rare and precious, just like diamonds or gold. 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 a particular goat, the Capra hircus laniger, which lives in the cold mountainous regions of the highlands of Asia. The climatic conditions of these areas are hostile with peaks of minus 30-40°. The strong changes in temperature between day and night boost the development of cashmere or as it is called it “golden fleece" which is generated physiologically from the animal in winter to protect itself from harsh weather. Cashmere is obtained from the underside of the goats or the neck region. Cashmere goats produce two types of hair—a soft undercoat and a rougher outercoat. The woolly undercoat is what becomes the cashmere.