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A taste for ‘soft gold’ cashmere grows in China

By Allison Jackson  /  AFP, ORDOS, CHINA

“The business is becoming more and more difficult,” said Yang Wang, the owner of a factory in Ordos, which makes about 100,000 sweaters a year, mainly for the China market. “Cashmere factories are popping up everywhere in China. And there are more than 10 factories of the same size in Ordos.”

While Wu Suqing may not be able to afford one of the beautiful sweaters she makes, she understands why people are prepared to pay the equivalent — or more — of her entire monthly salary for the luxuriant wool.

“It feels nice and is comfortable to wear,” she said, sitting on a steel chair piled with folded cloth as a cushion.

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