Cashmere has been used in garments for more than a millennium, and the cashmere industry began as early as the 15th century with the wool’s production for use in Persian weaving. Western European colonists learned to appreciate the wool in later centuries, and eventually began weaving the fashionable and comfortable Middle Eastern and Asian shawls in—where else?—Paris. Given cashmere’s lengthy record, it makes sense that such an ancient fiber comes from a species whose history is equally long: the humble goat. While sheep’s wool such as merino or blue-faced leicester comes from a very specific variety of sheep, any breed of goat that has a winter undercoat (the soft down which grows underneath the coarse outer coat) produces cashmere.
|Cashmere Goat in Australia (thanks Wikipedia for this image)|
|Our November Honorary Bobbin pattern- The Cashmere Twist Cowl|
While there may be less cashmere in the world than knitters would prefer, there’s no need for serious concerns about being deprived of the luxurious texture cashmere could contribute to your next project.
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