At NPD International, we work heavily with pure wool, 100% Cashmere, Cashmere Blends, Fine Cotton, and Viscose.
Wool is the hair of certain mammals primarily sourced from sheep, goats, camelids (camels, llamas, etc.) and special rabbits. Wool cloth is often used to make clothes, blankets, and other things to keep warm. It is usually used to make outdoor clothing but is also used to make blankets, socks and fine clothing. Wool can also be spun into yarn which is utilized to weave fabric or material. The yarn of wool can be knitted into fabric or clothing like jumpers. Alpaca, mohair, angora, camel, cashmere and vicuna are all separate types of wool.
Cashmere wool fiber for clothing and other textile articles is obtained from the neck region of Cashmere and other goats. Historically, fine-haired Cashmere goats have been called Capra hircus laniger, as if they were a subspecies of the domestic goat Capra hircus. However, they are now more commonly considered part of the domestic goat subspecies Capra aegagrus hircus. Cashmere goats produce a double fleece that consists of a fine, soft undercoat or underdown of hair mingled with a straighter and much coarser outer coating of hair called guard hair. For the fine underdown to be sold and processed further, it must be de-haired. De-hairing is a mechanical process that separates the coarse hairs from the fine hair. After de-hairing, the resulting "cashmere" is ready to be dyed and converted into textile yarn, fabrics and garments.