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Things to consider while buying cashmere

Things to consider while buying cashmere

Jan 01, 1970 05:30am | Cashmere

Always on demand and too many fake sellers have misguided fabric lovers to get their hands on original 100% pure cashmere. 100% original cashmere fiber is extracted from the underbelly of mountain goats of the Himalayas.

Cashmere and pashminas are considered the same term in general and are used interchangeably. But, there’s more to know why they are different although both are high-quality wools from cashmere goats. Cashmere wool is obtained from the undercoat of cashmere goats while pashmina wool is obtained from the fur on other parts of the body.

Kanchan Cashmere is an established brand with the motto of quality as its first and foremost priority. We manufacture 100% original cashmere clothing with a wide variety of designs and patterns, our customization service facilitates customers to get this soft and comfortable clothing as per their designs.

Cashmere comes so expensive in comparison to any other natural as well as synthetic fiber. This creates a distraction for many buyers to invest in one cashmere shawl from cheap markets for less than half the original price. There’s a huge scam going on with street sellers, local markets where many are being deceived thousands of dollars for buying a fake cashmere paying hefty prices.
 
It’s the most luxurious wool one can buy in the world. To check whether your purchase is a genuine cashmere or a fake one, we suggest you go through some tests.

 BURNING TEST (conversion into ash, smells like burnt hair)


The burn test is the most ancient technique of identifying original cashmere. The burn should feel exactly similar to what other natural wools would behave like. On performing the flammable test on the fiber, the burning should go off after a certain time resulting in ashes.
If the product results in a hard touched burnt surface on flame, it’s either nylon or blended cashmere with wool.

Pricing

They are the rarest, most exclusive raw materials. The pricing of cashmere is already high from the initial shearing process. Cashmere wools are hand collected from the cashmere goats of the Himalayas and Mongolia. The hand collection process increases the raw product price itself as it’s time-consuming and needs to be done with intense care.
The majority of street vendors sell garments having less than 10% composition of cashmere as original cashmere. You can easily catch a lie when you know the pricing of the product. There’s no such thing as cheap cashmere.

MATTE APPEARANCE

Cashmere is a natural fiber often hand-loomed for the delicacy of the fiber. Cashmere isn’t a shiny material like silk and velvet; it has more of a matte appearance. It can have little sheen but won’t be much like glazy. Real cashmere is never shiny; it always has a matte finish.
It looks like real hair and the weave is never perfect on cashmere products as they are hand-sawn. You can see a slight variation in the designs and patterns made on cashmere products.

FEELS SOFT

Cashmere is a natural and one of the softest, light weighted fibers of the world. Cashmere feels light and smooth on touch. Cashmere is safer than any other synthetic fiber or natural fibers like wool. They give no irritation or allergy to the skin. It feels soft and gets instantly insulated on wearing.
Cashmere is a natural fiber with soft and insulating features. Any cashmere product which isn’t as soft as butter or feels itchy on the skin isn’t pure cashmere at all.

FEELS WARM

They insulate on instant wear. Cashmere are insulating fibers, they give an instant warm feel on touch because of their thermodynamic properties. They also have an amazing breathable feature in the fibers that allows you to stay warm without being sweaty. No other fabrics can do that.

CHECK THE LABEL

Natural wool products are often labeled their legitimate fabric type. This makes it easier for customers to understand what actually the distinguishing factor between various fibers is. Cashmere products are verified and labeled often for their exquisiteness. Any mislabel activity or scam done on labeling makes it a matter of disguise and scam activity.
It’s better to find a genuine brand and have a thorough background check before buying from them. For customers who are interested and seek to purchase cashmere products often, we suggest them to stick with one such brand which offers you genuine cashmere products and helps you guide through their care and importance.
Cashmere products come with stitched labels rather than glued ones. This might another deciding factor.

ELASTICITY

A good quality cashmere shawl, sweater, or any product is always tightly knitted. This makes the clothing have an elastic effect and it always bounces back to its original shape when stretched.
When you’re buying a cashmere product make sure you stretch the material to see if it stays intact or distorts the shape. Loose knitted products lose the silhouette over time and we don’t recommend investing hefty prices on such ones.

ASYMMETRIC PATTERN

Intricate needlework goes into every piece and if you are looking at a hand-woven cashmere shawl, scarf, the patterns shouldn’t be symmetrical or regular. There are certain irregularities in a hand-woven cashmere product that reflects its authenticity.

DIAMETER CHECK

Another important factor is the diameter of the product. Cashmere wool is categorized into three grades: A measures 14 microns width per hair, B measures 18-19 microns, and C measures 30 microns width per hair.
The highest quality cashmere would of Grade A having 14 microns. So, you shouldn’t purchase any cashmere product having more than 19 microns diameter.

PLY

Cashmere clothes are made with two or more than two yarns twisted together i.e. they are two-ply, three-ply, or more, this is done to increase the consistency and quality of the product. This way the product will last longer. Single yarn sweaters and shawls are likely to be of low quality and wear out easily.

PILING

Once you feel the material is soft and pretty decent to be original cashmere, run your hands in a circular motion around its surface to see whether it creates small fuzzy balls. Piling isn’t a natural feature of cashmere wool and if the material piles, it can’t be 100% authentic.
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