Once a year, the fine hair of the cashmere goats living in China and Mongolia is extracted by plucking or combing. The downy hair of the cashmere goats varies from white, grey and brown to black. Spinning requires a lot of effort to produce a high quality and is reserved for only a few specialists.
As a result, cashmere wool is characterised by its high fineness and wearing comfort and has been traded as a valuable product on the textile market since the 1980s due to its elaborate processing and rare harvest.
Cashmere is seldom purely processed due to its high price and is preferably further processed with angora or merino wool.