So, how can you determine cashmere quality like a true aficionado? We are here to help with insider tips that we use to train our own buyers.
Tip 1 – Read the Label. If you’re our cashmere shopping at the mall this season. Make sure your pay careful attention to product labels. According to FTC disclosure rules, product labels must reflect the true fiber content of the item. If you find a lovely cashmere throw, made from a blend of cashmere and wool fibers. Check the product label to determine the exact fiber content. If you don’t see the content on the product label, you may be dealing with an unethical retailer. It would be illegal for the label to say cashmere or cashmere blend, without including the percentage of fibers.
If you’re shopping for cashmere online, be especially careful. Read the online product description carefully. If the short product description does not include the fabric content, be sure to read the detail product description. This may require an extra click of two. If you don’t see the fiber content. We strongly suggest that you do your cashmere shopping on some other website.
Tip 2 – Ply matters, it matters a lot. So, what exactly is ply anyway? Simply stated, ply is the number of threads twisted together to make the yarn. 2-ply is comprised of two twisted threads, while 3-ply is made of three twisted threads, and so on. Ply is especially important when it comes to cashmere and other fine, soft fibers. In general, higher ply cashmere is higher quality. For example, a 2-ply cashmere blanket would be more durable that a single ply blanket. We recommend you stick with 2-ply, as single ply cashmere tends to wear poorly. 3-ply, while more expensive, tends to deliver little benefit, except excessive weight.
Tip 3 – The Pilling Test is quick and easy. Simply look for excessive pilling. Pilling refers the little balls of rolled up fiber on the surface of the fabric. All cashmere pills with use. However, poor quality cashmere usually shows sign of excessive pillow even before use. Just to be sure, give that cozy cashmere pillows a vigorous rub. It pills a lot; it probably isn’t worth your cash.
Tip 4 – The Feel Test Admittedly more art than science, the look and feel test is quick and easy. It also has the benefit of become more reliable as you gain experience. Most experts suggest the hand method. In this method, you rub the palm of your hand over the surface of the fabric. We recommend turning the fabric on the reverse side and rubbing a large section slowly across your cheeks. If it’s high quality cashmere it should feel sumptuously soft and smooth. It should not feel itchy at all. If it does, it’s likely to be a blend of cashmere and acrylic or other synthetic fiber.
Tip 5 – The Stretch Test. We love cashmere. But we adore cashmere knits. They are simply the coziest fabric ever! If you share our obsession for all cashmere and knitted. This test is for you. When shopping for cashmere knit products, be sure to do some tugging. Start by stretching the fabric horizontally (across its width). Does it stretch a little (an inch or a shade over) or a lot (over 1 to 3 inches)? Next, stretch it vertically (lengthwise). Does it stretches in both directions? If it stretches, in one direction only, your expensive cashmere may lose its shape. If stretches in both direction, that’s better. However, if it stretches a lot in both directions. You should keep this in mind when making your final purchase. For example. When shopping for cashmere pillow, which are usually sold without the inserts. It would be smart to purchase pillows that are smaller than the inserts. So, choose 22 x 22-inch cashmere pillows to pair with your 24x24 inch inserts.