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Classes of cashmere fibre

Classes of cashmere fibre

Cashmere fibre is classed on the basis of its colour, diameter and length, and its contrast to the coarser guard hair. The highest-quality fibre (top) is classed as super white. It is less than 16.5 microns (millionths of a metre) diameter, and has white guard hair. White fibre (centre) has some grey, black or ginger guard hairs; grey fibre (bottom) is off-white with coloured guard hair.

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Allan Gillingham, 'Goats and goat farming - Farming for fibre', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/16599/classes-of-cashmere-fibre (accessed 28 September 2020)

Story by Allan Gillingham, published 24 Nov 2008