Everyone who at least once wore a cashmere sweater will be able to confirm: the material simply does not exist softer and more pleasant. Cashmere is a synonym for comfort, warmth and pleasant sensations when worn, and contrary to popular belief - not only in winter. This material owes its name to the Indian state of Kashmir, where, as legend has it, they began to produce it for the first time. In the Middle Ages and in the New Age, when cashmere gained exceptional popularity in Europe, even a scarf was a luxury accessible only to representatives of the highest aristocracy and royal houses.
A lot of time has passed since then, but so far there are many ambiguities regarding cashmere, and sometimes frank prejudices.
1) How, in fact, cashmere differs from ordinary wool?
Cashmere and wool are obtained from different types of animals. Wool is the hairline of lambs and is shaved off. Cashmere is the undercoat, fluff that is combed only from goats that live in Mongolia and Inner Mongolia. Their livestock in these regions is very limited, while sheep are a widespread species.
Cashmere is 8 times warmer than wool, but when breeding cashmere goats in other countries, their fluff loses its beneficial qualities. Only the harsh climate of Mongolia (in summer the temperature rises to +40, and in winter drops to -50 degrees Celsius) makes it possible for goats to form the necessary undercoat. The finest villi (up to 5 mm long, up to 14 microns thick) are very light because they are hollow inside. They create air thermal protection.
2) What are its advantages and disadvantages?
Cashmere is a very thin, light, pleasant and warm material, these are its undeniable advantages. Of note are two drawbacks: the need for special care and rather big costs.
3) Why are cashmere things so expensive?
One cashmere goat is capable of producing only 200 grams of fluff per year, so there are so few products from this material, and he is so much appreciated. On a regular sweater, you need to spend the fluff of two or three individuals. The price of cashmere, like gold, depends on its weight. In addition, the collection of fluff is done only by hand: the tradition of combing, sorting and spinning raw materials is rooted in antiquity.
4) Why does one cashmere sweater is worth 80-100$ , and the other (as, for example, Mammyhug) – 200-300$ ? Is there really only a difference in the brand?
The price of cashmere products depends not only on the brand but also on quality and even weight. To create threads that use mass-market brands in their work, lower-quality fluff is used: their fibers are shorter and thicker. In addition, synthetic fluff, identical in texture, can be added to the thread, which is often not even indicated in the composition. I also see that some brands often use a looser twist thread, which creates a deceptive feeling of softness: such products, however, quickly lose their shape.
5) How then can ordinary customers distinguish between high-quality cashmere and low-quality cashmere? How to understand that the manufacturer is "lying" on the tag?
Luxury brands are using carefully selected raw materials, which is called the "baby cashmere." To an inexperienced buyer by touch, it is quite difficult to distinguish quality products from low-quality ones, so I would advise choosing brands that have been tested over the years.
6) Why is conditional cashmere sweater is worth $ 200, and a cashmere sweater, which included yarns such as silk, already 300? After all, silk is cheaper than cashmere!
The idea that silk as part of a cashmere thread makes it cheaper or more expensive seems erroneous to me. A thread, which includes very expensive silk, is usually used in summer collections. This texture makes the thing finer, and therefore more difficult to manufacture. Hence the high price of products.
7) Cashmere for the summer - it's not hot?
It is believed that cashmere is not cold and not hot. Cool summer evening there is nothing better than to wrap yourself in a thin cashmere stole or throw a cardigan in cashmere with silk: in such common to see Angelina Jolie.
8) From cashmere sew anything from jumpers to coat. In your opinion, other things being equal, which product will be the most practical and durable?
High-quality cashmere products, whether sweaters or cardigans are always of excellent quality. Our customers love knitwear.
9) There is a general fear of cashmere in the world: in the minds of many, there is an opinion that this material is terribly capricious and, as a result, completely impractical. Is it so?
Every year, there are more and more cashmere connoisseurs in the world. Love this delicate material cashmere - means to learn to take care of him. Cashmere thing can actually last you years.
10) And yet, how to care for it so that the thing is really worn for years, and not until the first wash?
Cashmere products should be washed with a special shampoo. As an option - baby shampoo with rinse aid. Of course, it is better to do this manually and at a temperature of no more than 30 degrees. If the cashmere thing rolls down, it must be washed: the fluff unravels after washing and returns to its original appearance.
In no case should you dry the cashmere in limbo, because this way the product will stretch very quickly. It is better to lay the product on a flat horizontal surface and allow it to dry.