High up on the mountainous plateaus of such Asian countries as China, Tibet and Outer Mongolia roams the Kashmir goat, prized for its downy, ultrasoft undercoat. During the goat's molting season in June, this undercoat, and part of the coarser overcoat, is shed. No shearing or shaving is necessary in the harvest of this softest of wools -- the hairs are simply plucked or combed, or occasionally gathered from the ground by hand.
Though gray, brown and white are the natural coat colors, cashmere wool can be dyed to take on a variety of hues.
TSE Cashmere, for example, offers a wide range of colors in its collection this fall, from brights like citron to more subtle colors like moss, verdigris, celadon and sienna.