This soft, warm, and downright cuddly handspun cashgora yarn (a blend of cashmere and angora) is made by Tajikistan women. A skein of the light weight yarn along with your making skills would produce an openwork scarf or shawl, or a textured-stitch hat.
The yarn originates in the Pamir mountains in northern Tajikistan, at the edge of the Himalayas. It’s here that the Pamiri villagers raise small flocks of goats for meat, milk and fiber. In spring, the goats no longer need their down and start shedding. Pamiri women comb their goats and sell the fiber to buyers. (One female goat gives close to one pound of down and a purebred cashgora buck as much as two pounds.)
Three women from the Oshoba village have spun this gorgeous mulberry-colored yarn. The women enjoy working together in their workshops as it gives them a break from home and a safe space to earn money, socialize and bond with their friends. Each skein is tagged with the spinner’s name and photo so you know who spun your yarn.