Know Your Genuine Cashmere!

If want to know your genuine cashmere better, You are in the right place. Cashmere are finest choices when you decide to buy luxurious clothing to stay warm and look elegant for the winters. But with unscrupulous people filling up the market, you can be cheated if you do not buy with caution. Below, you have some of the easy to perform tests to identify pure cashmere from the fake ones. Simply try them out to test the authenticity of the product before you actually invest in it.

(The below mentioned methods are possible way to sort out. Some garments might pass all the possible methods below and still not be a cashmere. At the end I have mentioned the one possible way to assure your cashmere is a 100% genuine cashmere)

Check its appearance
Though sometimes a slight sheen is possible, yet in most cases authentic piece will bear a matte appearance. In case it has a sheen check how much it is. Slight in amount is fine but if it a whole lot of it, you didn’t pick the right fabric!Look for the diameter. This is one of the best ones. In some markets, it has been made essential. In fact, an authentic manufacturer will surely mention it and if it isn’t mentioning then it isn’t authentic. It is that simple. So, how much should it be? The best grade ones are available for 14-15.5 microns. Don’t buy anything above 19 microns for better quality. The lower is the micron count the lighter and softer will be the product.

Usually cashmere found in Uniqlo, H&M and other fast retail brands are 19 micron cashmere. They are imported from Kazakhastan area from a different goat. Some fast retailers also use poor quality wastage from Inner Mongolia.

Check the weave
A pure cashmere will always be woven on a non automated loom. As a result, it will have an irregular weave. Hold the shawl against light and the irregularities will easily show.

The author in the original article has stated hand loom instead of ‘ non automated loom’. Hand loom are very rarely used. Irregular patterns are a nature of cashmere fabric and has nothing to do with type of loom. Hand loom are semi automated machines. Anything made in it cannot be called a hand made piece. Lot of manufacturers has been decepting their clients because of the use of “hand” in the term.

The smell should be natural and not like a burning plastic.

Go for the burn test
This is a tough one, as you’d not like to spoil your shawl but you can always pick one thread out of the fringes, it won’t harm the material nor will ruin the design and at the same time you’ll be able to conduct the purity test. Now you’ll simply have to place the fabric piece on some ceramic or steel pot without covering it with lid, you can also use a microwave safe plate for the purpose. Once you have placed the fabric piece on the plate, simply light a match and let it burn. You’ll have to see it burn and smell the odor as well as check the ashes with your finger tips. If you get a burnt-hair kind of odor and the ash turns out to be a powdery material, it is more likely to be pure. But in case it smells the way burnt leaves would do and there are bigger flames consuming it up, oops you’ve been cheated, it is viscose. Again, if it gives a vinegary odor or smell like burning plastic, with the ashes forming small lump, it too is the wrong stuff. It can be acrylic or polyester.

Caution: Any natural fiber will give out a similar smell. This test only assures whether the fabric is made of natural or artificial fiber. It doest not tell if it’s cashmere.

Perform the rubbing test
This is the easiest possible test to check the authenticity of the clothing. You’ll simply have to rub the stuff and you’ll know if it is pure or not. But you need to know the logic behind it to know how it works. Acrylic or polyester fabrics accumulate static electricity within them. So, when you rub them, they give out spark. You can even see it in the dark and it is quite audible. And clothing with plastic material used in the making will use up the same static electricity in attracting hair or dust or some kind of tiny particle. When you’ll rub your garment it will show what it is. If it is acrylic or polyester, you’ll hear the spark and if it is plastic, it will attract tiny objects.

Caution: This is also the test of natural or artificial fiber.

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Do the pilling test

This is again an easiest possible thing to do. All you’ll have to do is see if there is some pilling taking place with the product. If a product is offering 100% fabric you’re going to find pilling on it after you bring it to use, this is a natural characteristic of the fabric but if there is no pilling at all, you’ve bought a fake product.

Check if it has anything glued on it
Only a fake material will come with some kind of label or tag glued on it because it is not possible otherwise. You can never stick a thing on real cashmere. Glue won’t stand on it for long.
So these are the few things you can do to test if your new cashmere is genuine or not. Of course, the best possible way is still to ask for certification and test results. Nevertheless, next time you buy Cashmere from us try it.

Our View

At the end, you can tell there is no definite way of saying if a fabric is cashmere or not. Above mention methods will only help you with some degree of assurance but it won’t give you the full satisfaction that you seek. Our skin can be fooled by ample use of chemical softners by some manufacturers. These fabricated cashmere usually give out after couple months of usage. In our opinion, the best way to assure yourself is to ask for test results of yarn conducted by a independent lab, preferably SGS.

It is important that your cashmere remains soft and luxurious for a long time to come and Your investment should really show.

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