Cashmere. There are many reasons to adore it, including being finer, lighter, stronger and about three times more insulating than sheep wool, and it comes from goats. Which sounds rather charming to me. Cashmere has been manufactured in Mongolia, Nepal and Kashmir since the 3rdcentury BC. The founder of what is today’s cashmere industry is thought to have been the 15thcentury ruler of Kashmir. In the late 1700s a French general brought a shawl to Paris—an immediate sensation. Production spread reaching America during the Industrial Revolution. Today, the hand-dyed cashmere I love most comes from Inner Mongolia. How could I resist?