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What Cashmere really is?

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This special yarn comes from rare fibers found in the undercoat of cashmere goats. These particular goats live mainly in Mongolia and Inner Mongolia China, a region characterized by wide temperature fluctuations between seasons.

Cashmere goats adapted to this harsh climate by developing a double fleece: an outer guard layer that protects the undercoat from water, and an undercoat made of ultra-fine hairs with strong insulating properties. This keeps the animals warm in the winter but not too hot in the summer.

The fibers are collected through a very laborious and difficult process and are then divided into different quality ranges, based on thickness, length and color.

In the next stage fibers are dyed and spun into yarns, which are widely used in the garment industry, either knitted into jumpers and similar products, or woven into fabrics for premium suits or accessories.

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