Posted on April 06 2017
Cashmere is one of the most precious and valuable natural products. Cashmere is a special and luxurious material that everyone wants to get.
As real luxury products become more available through online platforms, numbers of low quality products are also becoming increasingly present.
In this article we will show you how to make a difference between high quality cashmere and low quality cashmere, so you can rest assured that you are buying the right product.
Read Tags and Labels
First, examine the product label for genuineness. The label should read “100% CASHMERE” (as required by the Federal Trade Commission in the USA and Europe). Any products with combined other yarn “blends” cannot be labelled 100% CASHMERE. These percentages have to be accurately stated on the label…by law!
Feel the Cashmere’sTension
Second, we might have determined that the yarn in the garment is authentic, 100% CASHMERE, but we have not differentiated between high grade and a lower grade of the yarn! One of the best criteria is TOUCH…by holding the cashmere in your hand. It should feel ultra-soft. Next, apply the texture to your chin…one of the most sensitive skin areas…where the non-itchy softness should be apparent.
It’s important to check the seams holding the garment together. The stitches should be even, closely spaced and lying flat on the fabric.
The light criteria
Forth, hold the piece up to the light. It should not be so thin that you can see through the material. It should be radiant in color…but not shiny. It should be light in weight…buoyant!
Examine the yarn: It should be 2-ply
High-quality cashmere knitting yarn is always made from two pieces of cashmere knitting yarn that are twisted together. This prevents the garment from having those little edges that creep up at the bottom. If a garment has 4-, 6-, or 8-ply stitching, that’s all fine and good, but it isn’t necessary and doesn’t actually provide any extra benefit. If you can see you hand through layer of the cashmere sweater it’s probably one ply. Thus 2 plies cashmere garment’s knotting should be tight, not loose.
Should bounce right back after you pull the fabric
Try stretching a small part of fabric. It should ideally bounce back to its original shape. If it doesn’t in that moment, it won’t when you wear it either, meaning it may quickly start to look stretched out and misshapen.
Let’s be clear, the price should never be your first indicator of the quality of some product. However, this doesn’t mean that this indicator should be disregarded. But bear in mind that best quality cashmere doesn’t need to cost a fortune. Also product announcements as “Cashmere Touch” or “Cashmere Feeling” are NOT 100% CASHMERE products. They may, though, be a suitable natural “blend” as 90% Merinos Wool/10% Cashmere, 70% Silk/30%Cashmere…or even 90% Bamboo/10% Cashmere! These are not “FAKES”. They are a natural “blended composition”.
Keep in mind that these products are not fake; they are just different than genuine cashmere products.
We hope that this article will help you understand the difference between low quality cashmere and high quality cashmere.