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Is one required to check cashmere clothing for shatnez?

Cashmere is a kind of wool that does not come from sheep.

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Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 298:1

אין אסור משום כלאים, אלא צמר רחלים ואילים עם פשתן. אבל צמר גמלים וצמר ארנבים ונוצה של עזים וכל שאר מינים, מותרים בפשתן.
The only thing forbidden because of Shaatnez is sheep and ram wool with linen; camel wool, rabbit wool, goat hair, or other similar items are permitted with linen.

The rule that only sheep and ram wool are forbidden is implied in the first Mishna in the chapter that deals with Shaatnez (Kilayim 9:1) and is derived in the Yerushalmi there from the verse in II Kings 3:4 which describes ram and sheep wool with the sole word "wool"; all other types of wool which have שם לווי = an associated adjective (such as goat wool) are not included.

Obviously, if the cashmere garment has extra threads or fibers used for stitching or padding then there could still be an issue of Shaatnez, but at least there isn't any more likelihood qua cashmere than other neutral materials a priori.

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Per Shatnez Testers of America and Chabad.org no.

When we speak of wool, we are only referring to wool obtained from sheep or lambs. Other materials, such as camel's hair, mohair, angora, cashmere or alpaca wool, present no shatnez problems.

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Although the other answers mentioned that cashmere may be mixed with linen as it comes from the Kashmir goat, practically this is not true. That is because cashmere by itself is a very expensive material. Each goat can only produce about 4 ounces of fibers a year and it is estimated that fleece from 4 to 6 animals would be needed for a sweater. Because of the expense, cashmere is all most always found mixed with regular sheep's wool. Therefore, mixing cashmere with linen would be a problem of shatnez.

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eliezer, welcome to Mi Yodeya and thanks for this important answer, which would be much improved if you would cite a source for your information. Please consider registering your account, which will give you access to more of the site's features. –  msh210 Dec 31 '12 at 15:20

From Rav Aaron Abadi (here):

"There is no need to check for Shaatnez on any article of clothing unless you're sure there's shaatnez in there.

For all those who need to know.... Shaatnez according to some Rishonim requires "Shua, Tavi, and Nuz all together." We don't have that today. So according to those Rishonim, today's Shaatnez is only derabanan. When you bring a suit home, you only have a Safek Derabanan that is not "efsher levrury bekal." Or you can see it as a Sefek sefeka on a de'oraita. Same difference. The current so-called Shaatnez awareness was not initiated by Talmidei Chachamim."

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parallel judaism.stackexchange.com/a/17214/759 In fact, this seems more like a comment on this question, while an answer to that one. –  Double AA Dec 31 '12 at 19:04
    
@DoubleAA it looks like an answer to this question "Is one required to check cashmere clothing for shatnez?" to me. –  msh210 Dec 31 '12 at 21:03

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