Cashmere and Camel Hair Council
Superfine Wool Council
Fine Animal Hair Facts
Fiber Box Fiber Identification Tool
Can You Choose the TRUE Cashmere?
Fine Animal Hair Testing Labs (Microscopy)
Fine Animal Hair Testing Labs (Alternative Method)
Definition of Cashmere
Wool Testing Labs
Definition of Fine and Superfine Wool
Presenting the Superfine Wool Council
How Is Cashmere Produced?
There are five primary steps to cashmere production:
COLLECTION - Cashmere fibers are collected by either combing or shearing the animal during the molting season. Goats molt during a several week period in the spring.
SORTING, SCOURING - Hand sorting for coarse hair takes place. After sorting, the fiber is washed to remove dirt, grease and any vegetable matter gathered in the collection process.
DEHAIRING - The scoured material is then dehaired. This step removes vegetable matter, dandruff and the coarse outer guard hair. At the end of this process, the cashmere is ready to be spun into yarns for weaving or knitting--the 4th and 5th steps.
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