Uygur girl and a goat in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Cashmere is gleaned by combing the fine down from under the goat’s coarse outer coat. It can take three to four goats per year to make one cashmere sweater. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN.
The northern border steppes of China have been the world’s largest source of cashmere fiber for centuries, but during the past twenty years, the animal