Is Your Cashmere Fake- methods to figure out and myth bursting.
We have talked about genuine cashmere, its’ feel and comfort, the warmth and an amazing winter you could have with one. Today I will tell you more ways to figure out if a cashmere is fake.
- Rubbing for bubbles: If you have had a woolen sweater or even a cashmere before then you would know there is quite a bit pilling. This is natural if you do not see pilling, it is probably fake. That does not mean you should have excessive pilling. Usually Cashmere pillings disappear after a wash and iron.
One way to use this characteristics of cashmere when purchasing a Cashmere is to vigorously rub it with another piece of cashmere or itself. This will create friction and hence the pilling in small amount. When rubbing, you could also watch out for sparks or static energy (sticking to a plastic etc) caused by friction. Such phenomenon are an strong signal that you should avoid the purchase. This should not happen with cashmere.
- The burn test: Of course the most known way of figuring out cashmere. Like no. (1), this is a test to figure out if a fiber used is natural or not. This means if a product passes this test it is not 100% a genuine cashmere. This test will help you sort out products made from natural fiber from the synthetic fiber products.
- Certification: If your cashmere is genuine, it is very likely the seller will have test certification. The most widely accepted certification is the SGS yarn test report. Ask the seller if he/she has one.
If you are buying is Nepal, the Chyangra trademark is a good start. However, you should know that Chyangra trademark does not assure the product is 100% Cashmere. This is because the trademark is issued to any product with at least 50% cashmere.
- The Ring test: Do not fall for this. At one point this was a very legit test. However, with time false practices there are products that softens synthetic fiber for couple months. These fakes will pass the test. Of course you can combined two test, for example: the ring test and the burn test and figure out a great degree about your new cashmere.
- Is it Patasi Cashmere?: All the products made at Patasi Cashmere is made from certified yarn. Patasi Cashmere is also the member of Nepalese Cashmere Association (NPIA) and the Chyangra Trademark. If a cashmere is labelled Patasi Cashmere then you can be assured the product is what it says. If in a case you send a Patasi Cashmere product for test and it fail then you can always let us know and we will refund your money.
For now, these are the most ways to figure out if your cashmere is fake. We have bursted some myth and given you a clearer understanding of what to consider when purchasing a cashmere. Please do let me know if this article has helped you in any possible ways.