A coat is an outer garment worn outdoors, having sleeves and typically
extending below the hips.
You can find cashmere coats at fine retailers such as Neiman Marcus.
Cashmere is a type of wool. Wool is the fine, soft curly or wavy
hair forming the coat of a sheep, goat, or similar animal, especially when
shorn and prepared for use in making cloth or yarn. Wool for cashmere
fabric comes from the Kashmir goat.
Cashmere wool fiber for clothing and other textile articles is obtained
from the neck region of Cashmere and other goats. Historically, fine-haired
Cashmere goats have been called Capra hircus laniger, as if they were a
subspecies of the domestic goat Capra hircus. However, they are now more
commonly considered part of the domestic goat subspecies Capra aegagrus
hircus. Cashmere goats produce a double fleece that consists of a fine,
soft undercoat or underdown of hair mingled with a straighter and much coarser
outer coating of hair called guard hair. For the fine underdown to be sold
and processed further, it must be de-haired. De-hairing is a mechanical
process that separates the coarse hairs from the fine hair. After de-hairing,
the resulting "cashmere" is ready to be dyed and converted into textile
yarn, fabrics and garments.
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