From the softer-than-soft feel to the luxurious look, there’s no denying that cashmere is a cold-weather must. But what you didn’t know? Here I unravel five lesser-known truths about the textile.

1. “Cashmere” derives from Kashmir – the region in southern Asia that first exported it.

2. The yarn comes from the fine undercoat fibers of the cashmere goat.

3. No wrinkles here – pack plenty of scarves, sweaters, tees, and more for throw-on-and-go holiday travel.

4. Cashmere becomes softer with age (yes, you heard right), so stock up.

5. This textile warms in winter and cools in spring for year-round wear and double the use.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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November 26, 2012