- Cashmere is an animal fiber culled from goats originally of the Kashmir region in India, Afghanistan, Tibet, and Mongolia and the use dates back several thousand years. Processing the hair into fiber is a complex process but the results, when woven or knitted, produce a garment or accessory that is both warm and soft. The name cashmere was coined by the British in the early 1800s when Kashmir shawls, made from pashm, became the rage. Later, in the late 1990s, the pashmina shawl was popularized but was mostly a blend of silk and pashm. Camel hair is a lesser grade of cashmere, produced from the hair of a camel.
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Cashmere — Cash mere, n. 1. A rich stuff for shawls, scarfs, etc., originally made in Cashmere from the soft wool found beneath the hair of the goats of Cashmere, Tibet, and the Himalayas. Some cashmere, of fine quality, is richly embroidered for sale to… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
Cashmere — may refer to: * Kashmir, a territory between India and Pakistan ** Cashmere wool, wool from the Cashmere goat * Cashmere, New Zealand, a suburb of Christchurch, New Zealand * Cashmere, Queensland, a suburb of Brisbane, Australia * Cashmere,… … Wikipedia
Cashmere — Cashmere, WA U.S. city in Washington Population (2000): 2965 Housing Units (2000): 1174 Land area (2000): 0.892518 sq. miles (2.311611 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.017558 sq. miles (0.045475 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.910076 sq. miles (2.357086 … StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places
Cashmere, WA — U.S. city in Washington Population (2000): 2965 Housing Units (2000): 1174 Land area (2000): 0.892518 sq. miles (2.311611 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.017558 sq. miles (0.045475 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.910076 sq. miles (2.357086 sq. km) FIPS … StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places
cashmere — [kash′mir΄, kazh′mir] n. [after Cashmere (old sp. of KASHMIR)] 1. a fine carded wool obtained from goats of Kashmir and Tibet 2. a soft, twilled cloth made of this or similar wool 3. a cashmere shawl, sweater, coat, etc … English World dictionary
cashmere — 1680s, shawl made of cashmere wool, from the old spelling of KASHMIR (Cf. Kashmir), Himalayan kingdom where wool was obtained from long haired goats. As a name for this kind of woolen fabric, favored for shawls, etc., it is attested from 1822 … Etymology dictionary
Cashmere — This fibre is remarkable for its softness and is used for the manufacture of the famous Indian shawls. There are two qualities of cashmere wool, the one consisting of the fine soft down hairs from 11/4 in. long, and the other of long, coarser… … Dictionary of the English textile terms
Cashmere — Cashmere, s. Kaschmir … Pierer's Universal-Lexikon
cashmere — ► NOUN ▪ fine soft wool, originally that obtained from a breed of Himalayan goat. ORIGIN an early spelling of Kashmir, a region on the northern border of India and NE Pakistan … English terms dictionary
cashmere — /kazh mear, kash /, n. 1. the fine, downy wool at the roots of the hair of the Kashmir goat. 2. a garment made of this wool. 3. a yarn made from this wool. 4. a wool or cashmere fabric of plain or twill weave. Also, kashmir. [1815 25; named after … Universalium