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The benefits of goat down clothes

Updated on February 12, 2015

The Best choice for allergic

The clothes made of a goat down are well known for their luxurious look, feather-light weight and durability. They are always welcome to the wardrobe of any fashionable woman. It suffices to recall that the cashmere and mohair are just two types of a goat down.

In our time of widespread allergies I have met people for whom the goat down clothes became an only salvation because of allergy to wool. I can't wear turtleneck wool sweaters all the day long myself because of skin irritation. With goat down sweaters I have no problems. I couldn't find medical statistics but I long lived in region where goat down clothes are commonplace. Local medics often use goat down items for treatment of various diseases. Among old papers I had found the medical prescription ending with " ... wrap with goat down scarf for night".

A goat down blanket or shawl to wrap the baby was always in the first lines of gift list for a newborn.

The region in question is the steppes along the banks of the Don river in Russia. In these lands of the Don Cossacks one of the cashmere goat breeds is grown - the Don goat. So for me the goat down and cashmere are almost the same.

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The best wrap for a newborn

Cashmere blanket is a best choice to wrap a child during long walks in the baby stroller. I don't know as for you but I often felt envy looking at my baby wrapped in a warm fluffy shawl. I again and again cursed myself for not putting on my goat down socks.

The best fluffy clothing for infants

One of the main advantages of cashmere clothing is the ability to continue to warm even when wet. This feature is very important for kids, is not it?

This shawl lives in my family for more than 30 years. It was used for wrapping both of my daughters when they were born. It enveloped my grandsons during long walks in baby stroller. It was knitted by my Grandma long ago.

My Grandma was genuine Cossack woman. The ability to knit considered mandatory for the Cossack woman. Before the wedding Cossack bride had to give the groom a scarf and socks. She was supposed to knit them herself. Moreover, she was to spin the yarn for them herself too.

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My Grandma was very conservative about the question what true Cossack woman should be able to do. So her house was always full of homemade pickles and jams, knitted items and hand-woven rugs. As a child I especially liked to visit her house in winter when in particularly severe frosts she took the kids out of the barn to the house.

Spring was the time to collect goat down. I remember pretty well the picture from my childhood. The goat is quietly lying on the table. Her feet are tied with old cotton stockings. All female part of our family sits around the table and intently plucks the down with bare hands.

My grandma never used shears, she insisted that down should be collected by bare hands. Only then it will be long and silky and will remember the warmth of hands.

Then she span the yarn with old-fashioned spinning wheel which looks like as two drops of water to that in the photo.

The down obtained throughout the year from one goat is enough to knit only two shawls. That's why the price of cashmere items is so high.

Photo courtesy of shakko by CC-By-SA-3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

I am not ashamed that I am a fan of cashmere scarves

I know nothing better than a cashmere scarf wrapped around my neck upon the occurrence of first frost

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Goat down liner in the gloves

A goat down liner in the gloves makes it possible for you to wear thin elegant gloves in cold weather. The benefit of goat down (cashmere) against a wool liner is that you need not to rub away wool particles from hands after taking off gloves. The cashmere liner is much stronger than wool.

One Common Mistake

Many people think that goat down is too thin and not durable. The upholstery in the first coaches of American railways was made from a fabric based on the goat down and it served more than 20 years.

The best method to clean goat down clothes

The goat down clothes require special care. Many of the unique properties of down are due to lanolin and other specific organic substances that are part of goat down. Therefore using a laundry detergent is not allowed. There are two types of fabric obtained from goat down - woven and knitted. For woven items dry cleaning is the best and the only admissible. Knitted items can be washed in warm water with special shampoo. You can use soft baby shampoo too, but special detergents containing lanolin are the best. Don't tumble. Dry goat down items just the same as wool ones.

Cashmere goat
Cashmere goat

Whence comes the cashmere

Very thin down of some goat breeds is called Cashmere

I've received a comment on my other article that while reading about goat down you are expecting to see a photo of the goat.

I can not afford to disappoint the reader. Therefore, look! Here it is, the supplier of cashmere.

It looks pretty harmless. But my father called them the worst enemies of agriculture.

A herd of these lovely animals can quickly turn a flowering meadow into a barren desert. The point is that while feeding the goat does not bite off the tops of the grass as sheep and cow do but uproots the grass. So you can easily imagine what this humble animal can do to your precious lawn.

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Do you still want to have a cashmere goat?

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      lclchors 5 years ago

      I love cashmere well except for the price

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I didn't know goat down was where cashmere came from. Loved reading about your grandmother plucking the down from the calm goat.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Put me seriously down for some goat down! ;) Say, never heard of goat down. Only thought down came from ducks. Oh, I do like cashmere!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I would love to.. I am American... but I was taught all those things that Cossack women were taught (by my grandmother and mother)... and I am just learning how to spin now! What a GREAT lens! Blessed!

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      soaringsis 5 years ago

      Very informative.Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very interesting lens, I have learned a lot.

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      SailingPassion LM 5 years ago

      I have a goat fur rug and I love it !

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      MrInfopreneur 5 years ago

      now way i want a goat. i already have a shawl, thanks

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      shahedashaikh 5 years ago

      No cashmere goat but like a cashmere shawl any day

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      Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      In the city, goats are not permitted, although I have had fantasies about dwarf goats. I didn't know goat's down was used in this way. Very interesting. Very nice lens. Thanks

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      Had no idea that goats uprooted grass rather than just biting off the grass. Also had no idea that baby outfits and blankets were available in cashmere. ~~Blessed~~

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      Erebos411 5 years ago

      I'll leave the goat and take the cashmere. I didn't have any idea that is were this beautiful and soft wool came from. Thanks for taking the time to write a great lens.

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      PeacefieldFarm LM 5 years ago

      We recently had a few goats for milk. They not only eat grass. They loved my fruit trees. I actually loved the goats and hope to have more some day. Maybe a few cashmere goats too. : )

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      dream1983 5 years ago

      Great lens, nicely done! Squidlike

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      BarbaraCasey 5 years ago

      My grandmother was from Finland and she had a spinning wheel and a loom, too. No goats, though.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Never thought of cashmere for a baby!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      We have friends who bought two goats - they thought that they wouldn't need a lawn mower. You are right and they were right ... the goats did pull all of the grass out by the roots. They were really rascals .. always got loose and jumped into the house through an open window. What a muddle!

      I really enjoyed this lens. SquidAngel blessing!

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      charlb 5 years ago

      I love your grandma's shawl. It is so beautiful!

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      rallo-smith 5 years ago

      My goats and I are with you on this lens...cashmere is the best! Enjoyed your lens, thanks.

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      Robert Zimmerman 5 years ago from SE Florida, USA

      Not much need in those frigid Florida winters!

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      Sher Ritchie 5 years ago

      They're beautiful, and so is their cashmere. As a girl, I remember we used to visit a goat-hair farm, which grew its own cashmere and sold cashmere clothes. Going to their shop was a special treat, and so were there clothes. My mother still has a cashmere poncho from that farm. Great lens!

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      Perhaps I'll stick with the cashmere shawl, and leave the goat-herding to others. :) Nicely done. Blessed (and not just because you included a picture of a cashmere goat) - I enjoyed reading this, and you made me smile!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      I had no idea that goat down was even an option - thanks for letting us know about this option. Great lens -thorough and informative - angel blessed.

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      bossypants 5 years ago from America's Dairyland

      I was intrigued by your title, because I hadn't heard of goat down, but now I understand! Cashmere! Mohair! Got it! Love your title photo, too! Makes me smile!

      Educational lens! And, to answer your question, I'll just enjoy someone else's cashmere goat, thank you!

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      Auntie-M LM 5 years ago

      I think I'll just enjoy the end result, the cashmere.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have to look into cashmere clothes. If I find something cool and stylish, I'll give it try.

      Nice lens!