Pashmina has become the name for the very best cashmere in the world. Pashmina comes from the underbelly of the Capra-Hircus goat which is raised in the Himalayan mountain region. The Capra Hircus goat lives at elevations of 14,000 feet and above, where temperatures rarely rise above -30 degrees Centigrade in winter. The higher the goats live, the finer the hair. This extremely fine and short hair is protected by long, hard exterior hairs which serve to conserve the valuable undercoat. The goats shed each spring and the pashmina fibres are collected either from the rocks and bushes or are brushed from the underbelly. No harm comes to the goat during this process. The fibres are then sorted, cleaned and spun into pashmina yarn.