Posted on December 27 2016
Lot's of designers bill themselves as " Pure Cashmere ", but there's a reason some cashmere sweaters cost from $90 and others cost 10 times as much. The best variety comes from Mongolia and northern China and is called a long staple cashmere, meaning the individual fibers measure at least 1.4 inches in length.
RULE #1: The Longer the fiber, the better the fabric.
These strands can be twisted into especially strong, featherlight yarns, and the subsequent dyeing, weaving, and finishing processes are precisely monitored to ensure quality. Manufacturers pay high costs for this type of quality at quantities barely enough to make a single suit jacket.
Due to rising demand, it's now common to find bales of "pure cashmere" that have a percentage of far cheaper lamb's wool; some of these lesser blends are coated with an emulsion that imparts the soft hand of top-quality cashmere but also gives the fabric a reasy residue.
RULE #2: Rub your fingers together after handling your prospective purchase to check for said residue.
Unfortunately, there's no universal manufacturer's symbol for high-quality cashmere but most high-end brands have staked a reputation on carrying only the real thing.
Sure, the prices are high but that leads to our third and final rule: YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR.
You've herd it before!
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