Cameline cloth of twill or basket woven camel hair was produced in Asia during the Middle Ages and made into outer garments–cloaks and capes, for export to Europe. The French made a similar cloth from goat hair with cotton or wool, known to be of lesser quality, goat hair being coarser than the finest camel hair. It’s likely that cameline was very luxurious and is what we now know as cashmere.

Geoffrey Chaucer mentions the cloth in his 13thC Romaunt of the Rose:

” …The cloth was ryche and rygt fyn the champe it was of red kamelyne.”

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