This handspun cashgora yarn is a blend of cashmere and angora. It’s soft, warm, and downright cuddly. A skein of the light weight yarn and 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.)
Spinning is now one of Zulfikaram’s favorite tasks. By joining the spinning group, she obtained a job, befriended many women and learned new and interesting things. As a single mom with a young son, she dreams of having her own house someday, with a separate bedroom, kitchen, and a space for her houseplants, even if it is far in the future.