This section is from the "A Complete Dictionary of Dry Goods" book, by George S. Cole. Also available from Amazon: A complete dictionary of dry goods and history of silk, cotton, linen, wool and other fibrous substances,: Including a full explanation of the modern processes ... together with various useful tables.
Camel's Hair Shawls. The cashmere shawl, which is made of the fine hair of the Cashmere goat, is sometimes erroneously called Camel's hair. The high price of these shawls is due, not to the cost of the raw materials, but to the fact that each one is a splendid work of art, that is slowly and patiently wrought and sold as great pictures are sold, for a price befitting their artistic worth.