Cashmere or the anglicised of Kashmir wool, yes, as you know it, comes from the Chyangra goats of the Himalayan domains. That this cashmere pashmina is excellent as a product is general knowledge, yet there remain competition and doubt as to how and which product to buy.
Oh yes!! There are multiple websites that claim to sell authentic cashmere pashmina, but we all know the truth behind these and therefore you need to be very careful. Another important point is – the competition of pashmina with its contemporary products (there is competition indeed)!
All set to know about the same? Well, here’s a write-up you cannot miss!
Cashmere vs Alpaca – which to choose?
Cashmere is classic – Alpaca is the exclusive alternative! As a historical favorite, pashmina (its soft beyond your dreams) has come down from the sheen of royalty to the commoners. In fact, the finest one has the thinnest hair from the goat’s fleece and provides maximum warmth.
A pashm has a soft texture and excellent draping qualities. However, you must note to choose a lighter hue, since a darker shade makes the cashmere coarser.
To compete with this scarf, the other viable option is – alpaca (which most people seem to choose these days). This poor man’s cashmere comes at a lower price (often people are misled).
Now with all this comparison in tow, you know which to pick! In that case – there are checks and balances for buying a pashmina.
Buying a cashmere scarf? Here are the tips!
- Piling is an important factor
The most important factor of premium cashmere is that the goat hair is never sheared. Since shearing creates short fibres and causes piling, therefore make sure that you rub the surface of the shawl and if fibres shed, then beware – its fake.
- Checking its weight
It is common knowledge that those products knitted from double strands of yarn have a greater shelf life. Therefore, going by that fundamental, the heavier the shawl, the better it is!
- Note the shade
That fibre which is heavily dyed loses its soft texture. Hence, always go in for a lighter hue to ensure that it is of finer quality and has a better longevity.
- A tighter knit is important
The most important aspect of the durability of this cashmere pashmina is its weaving process. If the construction of this scarf is not tight enough then chances are high that it will lose shape easily.
How to check?
Put it up against light and if it’s dense enough, then this is the pashmina you cannot miss!
- Label is important
The 70:30 – pashmina and wool combo has no more than 5 per cent cashmere in it. In most cases, you will not find an authentic one, so when you have a silk and cashmere combo, you can readily choose that product (speaking from personal experience)
A pashmina is extracted by using an old Nepalese process of combing and sorting the sheered hair and then choosing the finest one for creating a cashmere pashmina. So, how to describe a cashmere? Let’s see – how does pashmina being as alluring as a traditional Indian sari sound?
Just make sure that you check the credentials of the store from where you intend to buy this product. Its one of a lifetime!!