Have you ever purchased a sweater that is labeled 100% cashmere because of its insane low price? Have you ever purchased a cashmere sweater only to find it itches like crazy? Chances are those sweaters are not the real deal.
Real cashmere is very special because the fiber from the cashmere goats comes only from the neck region of the goat. In addition the processing of that fiber is expensive as the fine hair which is the defining characteristic of cashmere must be separated from the coarser hair.
Real cashmere has some amazing properties;
~Cashmere can take 3-5 goats to produce one sweater.
~It will keep it’s shape and last for years.
~It does not require special care. The best way to care for a real cashmere garment its to hand wash it.
~It is 6 times finer than human hair.
~If you take proper care of your cashmere garment it will not fade or stretch out.
~Cashmere is naturally insulating. Even when it is thinly woven it will keep you warm in 40 degree temperatures.
~It does not itch unless, of course, you have allergies to wool.
Cashmere has become so popular that it is being overproduced to meet demand.
The demand for the fiber has caused some manufacturers, knowingly or unknowingly, to sell textiles or clothing containing little to no cashmere.
Wool and other fibers have been mixed in by less than honest manufacturers, deliberately selling mislabeled items to well-known department stores
What can you do?
Here are 3 rules to follow to ensure that the next time you purchase cashmere it is real.
~If it’s cheap at the regular price it’s either not real or has very little of the precious fiber in it and should not be labeled 100% cashmere.
~Try it on. If it irritates your skin and you are not allergic to wool then it’s probably not the real deal.
~If you can’t afford the real thing at the regular price keep your eyes on sales or shop at your local secondhand store.
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