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How to identify 100% pure Cashmere

How to identify 100% pure Cashmere

Jan 01, 1970 05:30am | Cashmere

Clothes made from Cashmere fibres are not only known to be light-weight, warm, durable and significantly warmer than other fibres, they are also quite pricier than other materials. It is inevitable that an authentic Cashmere product will be inferior to a cheap imitation, and so, people want to have cent-percent pure Cashmere. This demand for authenticity has led to many suppliers falsely claiming products as pure Cashmere, and consequently, some people steering away from Cashmere as a whole.
At Kanchan Cashmere, the process of obtaining Cashmere from Cashmere sheep is carried out under precise conditions ensuring that only the best in class fibres are acquired. Exploiting the technology available, sustainable sourcing is done to inflict minimal damage to the environment. The superior quality of Cashmere wool and masterful craftsmanship involved, guarantees durability and a unique level of finesse in the finished product.
Here's how you can make sure you have the purest Cashmere, and haven't been scammed into buying something that merely resembles the pure thing:
 

1. Look at it

Appearances can be deceiving, but you can often spot a quality Cashmere product just by observing and feeling it! You are looking for an authentic matte finish and very little sheen (lesser the better). If you hold it to the light, you may see irregularities in the weave-patterns, and that's fine. In fact, since Cashmere is woven on a hand-loom, irregular weaves mean that it is an authentic one.
 

2.Price

Price is another consideration you have to make when choosing a Cashmere product. Since the wool is harvested only once per year, the production costs do not allow for a quality product to be dirt-cheap. If you find an unreasonably cheap Cashmere product, it's very likely, more often than not, that it's a fake.
 

3. Pore sizes

Pore size is just the diameter of the holes in the fabric. An authentic manufacturer usually lists those on the product description. 14 – 15.5 microns is fine. Smaller the pore sizes, softer it will feel and impart a refined elegant look.
 

4. Number of Ply

A ply is just strands of fabric woven together. A smaller light-weight item like a scarf or a sock will usually have single ply, while thick jackets or coats have multiple ply. Clothing with many ply is also expensive than that with single ply, so keep a watchful eye out for suppliers that claim to sell outfits at contrasting prices.
 

5. Rub!

As you may know, when you rub two surfaces together, they generate what is called static electricity. This form of electricity is very easy to notice. Acrylics and polyesters produce sparks when rubbed together while plastic attracts tiny pieces of paper. So, take your Cashmere cloth in the dark, and rub it. If you hear something and notice a spark, it's acrylic/polyester. If it doesn't, rub the material for a while and place it near tiny paper pieces. If it doesn't pick up paper pieces, it's probably pure Cashmere.
 

6. Burn it!

Seriously though- just get a few threads from around the edges of the Cashmere cloth you have, and place them on a fire-resistant surface like a crucible, or, in case you don't have one, any flat surface you don't care about would do. Burn the 'Cashmere' threads and the smell should tell it which it is. If it looks like a small lump after burning, and smells like burnt plastic, it probably is Polyester or acrylic. If it smells like burnt leaves, and burns too quickly, it's  viscose. And finally, if it burns to a fine powder with a burnt-hair sort of smell, it probably is genuine Cashmere.
Always be sure to have some safety equipment on if you are not familiar with this kind of work- even if it's simple, being safe, just in case, is better than being sorry later.
 

7. Look up the authenticity of the vendor

This is probably the most important in identifying pure Cashmere. There aren't many connoisseurs that can tell Cashmere apart from other fibres just by looking, so the easiest way to steer clear of fake Cashmere products is to stick to a Brand you trust. It's very unlikely that a Brand that wants to keep its client satisfied would deal in fakes, so you are safe with sticking to Kanchan Cashmere which happens to be the Manufacturer of the best Cashmere products from Nepal.
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