The vast majority of cashmere is used in clothing. It is an ideal fabric as it is relatively light weight, but also relatively warm.
Cashmere sweaters are highly sought after as they are thin enough to be worn over a shirt, but easily under a suit. They provide a good level of warmth to the wearer relative to their thickness, whilst giving an air of elegance. They are available in a wide variety of styles and colors. Cashmere suits are available, although the cashmere is often combined with other wools/fabrics to make it more hardwearing.
Cashmere coats are light, yet warm, and incredibly soft. They also allow for good movement as they aren’t stiff. Prices can vary hugely from a few hundred dollars to thousands depending on the quality of cashmere used and whether it was made by a particular designer label.
Other uses for cashmere:
Rugs, Carpets and Bedding – Cashmere that isn’t suitable for clothing is often used for making small rugs. This cashmere is normally coarser than that which is used for garments. Cashmere blankets are also popular, but the cost of the cashmere fabric can make them extremely expensive.
Camping and Sports Equipment – Cashmere is sometimes combined with other materials and used in camping mats. It is also sometimes used for making socks for extreme use such as for skiing or hiking.