Cashmere is collected during the spring moulting season when the goats
naturally shed their winter coat. In the Northern Hemisphere, the
goats moult as early as March and as late as May. Pure cashmere can
be dyed and spun into yarns and knitted into various types of clothing.
One of the popular items would be overcoats for ladies.
Cashmere wool, usually simply known as cashmere, is a luxury fiber and
makes fine quality overcoats. An overcoat is a type of long coat intended
to be worn as the outermost garment, which usually extends below the knee.
Overcoats are most commonly used in winter when warmth is more important.
In addition to its luxurious hand, cashmere wool provides a high level of
If you are wondering what we mine when we say "luxurious hand",
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Overcoats are sometimes confused with or referred to as topcoats, which
are shorter and end at or above the knees. Topcoats and overcoats together
are known as outercoats. Unlike overcoats, topcoats are usually made from
lighter weight cloth such as gabardine or covert, while overcoats are made
from heavier cloth or fur.
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.
Luxurious, soft and really warm is a good description of a women's cashmere
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