Cashmere comes from an old spelling of “Kashmir”, the region where Cashmere production and trade most likely originated, in northwestern region of South Asia. Cashmere is the fine fur/wool located on the underbelly of the Kashmir goats, that hail primarily from the high plateaus of Mongolia, Iran, Tibet and China. Arguably being the softest and most luxurious of natural fibers in the world, raw Cashmere is collected in three base colors – brown, grey, and white, but is easily dyed in various colors. Each Kashmir goat is combed by hand in the spring when they are shedding the fine underdown that protected them during the often harsh winters. The combining season lasts three to four weeks and the actual amount of wool collected is only around 200-250 grams per goat. This scarcity is why Cashmere is seen as a luxury commodity.