Cashmere Goat, the animal that provides the luxurious cashmere wool. The goat lives in the mountains of Tibet and Kashmir, feeding on twigs, buds, and heather. Goats living at high altitudes have yellow coats that produce fine, soft wool; those living far down in the valleys are white and have coarser hair.
The Cashmere goat has an abundant growth of fine curly wool next to its skin, beneath long outer hairs. Cashmere wool is made from the fleece next to the skin. A full-grown goat yields about one-half pound (230 g) of fine wool at each shearing.
The Cashmere goat is a variety of the domesticated goat, Capra hircus.