Is it good quality cashmere?
There are several tests you can do to measure the quality of a cashmere garment.
The Touch Test
Cashmere should feel soft and not scratchy against your skin. Higher quality cashmere is soft, but not overly soft to touch – it softens over time. Some companies increase the softness by treating the cashmere with chemical additives and softeners or by over washing it, which reduces the life of the fibers.
The Stretch Test
Gently stretch out a piece of the cashmere and see if it springs back into shape. If it does then the quality if good. Also stretch it and look through it. The tighter the knit, the better quality. It will retain its shape and be less susceptible to holes.
The Pilling Test
Rub your hand over the cashmere. If little balls start forming it is a sign that the cashmere used contains an excess amount of shorter hairs, which means lower quality. All cashmere will pill over time, but if it pills immediately, it’s a sign of low quality.
The Look Test
Hold the cashmere at eye level and look across the surface. A small amount of fluffiness, between 1-2mm, means longer hairs were used so less pilling will happen. If it’s fluffier, then shorter hairs have been used, which can increase softness but decreases longevity.