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Truth About Cashmere - How to tell if it is Really Cashmere?

Updated on March 19, 2013

Truth about Real Cashmere - Your guide about How to find Real Cashmere

Do you want to know truth about real cashmere?

Being owner of a website which sells 100% pure cashmere scarves, I have come across several questions from our customers and others about cashmere. I just thought to write this page which can help everyone with questions about cashmere. After reading this page if you still have some questions about cashmere, please feel free to drop me a line via the comments section towards end of this page. I will make sure each comment is read and answered.

Why Cashmere is Must have for Any Wardrobe?

100% Pure Cashmere is Must have

Very first question which everyone who is new to cashmere asks is.

Why I should buy Cashmere?

My answer to those who are new to cashmere is. Don't you want to feel the warmth and softness of very light weight fabric on your skin? Believe me, no woollen fabric can feel as soft and sexy to you skin as cashmere.

In brief Cashmere offers:

(a) Intense Softness

(b) It helps you keep warm in winters.

(c) Cashmere is very light weight

(c) It make you feel special when your skins feels cashmere.

No woollen fabric can match cashmere.

Truth About Cashmere

Beware! It is not easy to find Pure Cashmere.

As I am into the trade of cashmere, I heard every month stories about fake cashmere. And many retail stores have been fined in past for selling fake cashmere. It is very common to label normal wool or even any fabric as 100% cashmere and sell it.

Main reason for this is that for end consumer it is in fact very difficult to find out if a clothing item or accessories like cashmere scarves are made from pure cashmere or not.

Here is latest addition to that. Australian Retailer EziBuy which sells through website and Catalogue, , has been caught for in correct labelling of cashmere products. Pashmina Shawls were marked as 70% Cashmere/Pashmina and 30% Silk. While in reality these shawls were found to be made of Cotton/polyester.

Here is link to complete story: Wrongly labelled shawls and throws by EziBuy

How to Identify Pure Cashmere?

How to Tell if it is Real Cashmere and 100% Pure?

It is in fact very difficult for end customer to identify that the cashmere you are buying is really 100% pure or not. With my experience of working in this industry for more than 5 years, here are few checks which I suggest you to do:

  1. Make sure product is labelled as 100% Cashmere
  2. If you are buying online, look for the Cashmere Test Report on the website.
  3. Feel the cashmere on your chin as it is most sensitive part of skin. Does it Itch? If it itches, then definitely its not pure cashmere
  4. Make sure Cashmere doesn't shine like silk. As pure cashmere doesn't shine like silk. The products which shine are definitely made by mixing silk with cashmere
  5. If you are buying online, make sure the retailer has return policy so that if after receiving the cashmere, you think it is not pure, you can return it.

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      Terje 2 years ago

      I am in hua hin right now and a couple of shops are selling cashmere? Scarves. I read about the easiest way if checking if it is fake or not, but still they offer within i big price range. We bought one at 3500 baht. But they alsoffer at 10000 baht, and even 80000 baht for tibetian qualities ( banned?). Any tips for me?

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      helen-unicorn 3 years ago

      does cashmere shed fluff? I recently bought a unicorn onesie and it's gotten fluff all over my duvet cover. It doesn't shed fur over everything, just some duvet covers. Is it my duvet cover or is my onesie fake?

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      qp-queen 3 years ago

      ann taylor is selling fake cashmere and posting fake reviews on website about how soft it is to counter all the bad reviews it is getting. it is so scratchy like a wool acrylic blend. no way that is cashmere.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @sahota lm: burning the cashmere yarn , the very bad smell come out as burning the hair and then becoming the powder .which is real cashmere .

      www.tianyubogecashmere.com

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      There's a good post on cashmere at this blog lookbookyou.blogspot.com

      I guess you have to trust the store that is selling the items because I don't believe in labels saying 100% cashmere, unless they are from a reputable brand or store

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Does it hurt a cashmere over-coat to be worn in snow and light rain?

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      sahota lm 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Unfortunately its very hard to say if something is 100% cashmere or not. Only way to know is to get it tested. That's the only way we find it but then we source cashmere so we anyway need to do it on regular basis. But for end customer, unfortunately they need to rely on retailer to make sure they getting best cashmere.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi I was given a J Crew 100% cashmere blazer for Christmas that I coveted for quite sometime online. When I received it, I was quite disappointed because it felt and had qualities of wool gabardine. It was $795.00! How will I know what it really is?? I haven't worn it yet and don't want to disappoint my daughter by returning it but I honestly believe it is not even 10% cashmere let alone 100%! Help!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Kory

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      sahota lm 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Most probably yes. As a pure cashmere that cheap, you can not even buy yarn.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @sahota lm: I got 3 for $25 Do that mean its fake?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi, Your sight is very helpful and informative. My scarf is beautiful, soft, soft to the skin. The label is " PASHMINA 100% PASHMINA". I concluded that it is 100% Pashmina. Your thoughts?

      Thank you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I bout 3 for $25 does that mean there fake?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I seen 5% Cashmere 95% Cotton Sweaters for Men sold for 90 dollars at Sears Canada

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @sahota lm: Respected Sir/Madam,

      We are the wholesaler and manufacturer of shawls, Scarves,Stoles etc. We are making each and every items in them like from 100% Viscose Shawls to 100%Cashmere Shawls.

      For more range you can visit us at http://www.girishashawls.com

      or mail us at girishatextiles@gmail.com,

      http://www.designershawlsandscarves.com, http://www.ganpatishawls.com, http://www.facebook.com/GirishaTextiles.

      http://www.facebook.com/pages/Girisha-Shawls-Stole...

      Kindly send us your email address so that we can forward you our product catalogs with wholesale prices and specifications of the same.

      Kindly let us know if you have any requirement in them.

      We deal in all type of printed shawls,pashmina shawls,viscose cutting shawls,wool shawls with ari embroidery, viscose lycra with embroidery, Handwork embroidery, viscose-wool boiled shawls, wool boiled shawls,silk jacquard and dobby designs shawls, silk-modal shawls, Bed sheets,Throws etc.

      We will be sincerely looking forward to establish a long term healthy business relationship with your company & hope to receive your valued Comments and order enquiries.

      Regards

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      sahota lm 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi David , only place I can find sittign here in Uk is http://www.woolovers.com.au/mens-knitwear , may you can do bit of research on google.com.au and see if you can find some other website as well. Search results do vary if you search locally. Unfortuantely I am in Uk and not much aware of various natiowide stores in Australia. So only san suggest to search on Google if possible.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my name is david corigan and ll live in n.s.w. australia and could you please tell me if australia produces or sells 100% cashmer poloneck jumpers if so where do llook

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      sahota lm 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Bobbie,

      Thanks for your comments. It may be 100% Pashmina and may not be. Unfortunately there is so much fake pashmina these days in market that you won't believe it. I would say if you are happy with it then that's most important thing. Any 100% pure pashminas start from anything between $50-$70 . Unfortunately all retailers have started using word Pashmina for a type of scarf while in truth pashmina is pure 100% cashmere and cosumer don't know this.

      regards

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes Cashmere does burn and so does synthetic - so it is not a measure to check whether cashmere is pure or not .

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a small complaint although there is a lot of great info in here. I searched 'Does Cashmere burn' and this come up and it said that it would tell me if Cashmere burnt but it doesn't have anything about burning!? Could anyone tell me if it does burn? PLEASE!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a few thoughts I would like to share with readers. Previously I own a cable cashmere sweater from Loro Piana, which I found second hand in an upscale consignment store. It is basically a nice sweater, thick, interesting design, somewhat smallish fit (italian maker). Recently I purchased a Brunello Cucinelli 100% Cashmere sweater (Italy)- the material is nothing like any cashmere item I have ever owned, including the ones in most stores such as J Crew, who claims they receive their product from an italian mill that theoretically supplies Loro Piana. My sweater is not heavy, but it is dense, and has a beautiful soft almost fuzz like cover which resists pill. I have heard that pilling is from inappropriate yarn twisting. I can see why this brand charges about 10 times the amount that J Crew would charge for their sweaters (for made in China stuff).

      Another good brand is Johnston of Elgin (Scotland), which I was fortunate to purchase one at a decent price, the material again is incredibly dense (about 2-3 times as much as J crew ones), and supple. It is an open wrap/cardigan so i can wear it many different ways.

      I don't feel that one has to have a ton of sweaters, or even a new one every season, but if you are going to spend money on cashmere (over say, merino or lambswool), you should get some decent ones which is stylish, good quality that will last a long time, versus a pile of things that is thin, soon out of the trend in terms of cut and colors. It takes time and keen eyes to spot good quality clothing.

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      sahota lm 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I think you shared some very important facts. Some brands do sell cheaper versions of cashmere which might not be up there with very best. Yes I can also confirm that Johnstons is very best when is comes to cashmere products manufacturing.

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      sahota lm 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I don't think Burberry will sell fake cashmere or poor quality cashmere. But in this world you never know. Could it be a reason that your skin is reative to cashmere wool. We did came across very few customers in last 2-3 years where someone has complained same to us. Say if we sell to 1000 customer, there is one who will feel itchy. So do you feel same with other woolen scarves? Does it feel itchy as soon as you wear it or after sometime. Might be you can try few in store first and then see how it feels. Also it will be worth a try to see if MERINO does same. Merino is bit cheaper than Cashmere but feels same if not better.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi, thanks for all the helpful info, its really easy to get confused when you go through "cashmere" scarves or sweaters in the store...and most of them even for a beginners like me are obvious not cashmeres...

      Having that said, I was very tempted to buy a cashmere scarf from Burberry. To my surprise and disappointment, the 100% cashmere Bruberry (yes, authentic!) is scratchy and itchy more than I could stand. Does it mean it was made from some cheap quality cashmere? It was not blend, it was 100% cashmere and I double checked at few different stores. Or maybe I'm expecting too much?? Please advise. Happy Holidays everyone!

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      sahota lm 5 years ago

      @superstar882002: That is not a good choice for customer in a shop.

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      superstar882002 5 years ago

      i think you can use burning for identify if Cashmere Scarf is 100% pure. http://http://cashmerescarvesscarves.com/

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I would like to add to this article saying that "All Cashmere is not made equal". Cashmere is goat hair and depending upon the strand length of the goat hairs used in making a cashmere product, the quality of cashmere varies. If very small strands are used to make the threads and then woven into an apparel, you will see a lot of piling in a short time while long length strands of hair when woven will not show piling for a long time. One way to test quality of cashmere is by rubbing it between your index finger and thumb. If after few seconds of rubbing you see enough piling it means its not a high quality cashmere and vice versa. However even lower quality cashmere commands high price since its so soft and light so don't just write it off. It all matters on how much do you as the difference in low and high quality Cashmere products is quite significant.

      I saw this artcile on Sooper which helped me understand a lot about real and fake Cashmere.

      Have you Bought a Real or Fake Pashmina.

      Check it out. Also go to some reputed stores in a mall or online and buy Cashmere. If buying from a sidewalk, I am sure you are not buying Cashmere but cheap viscose dyed in metal colors. Not good for your skin.

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      sahota lm 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Don't take me wrong. Most likely it will NOT be cashmere. As small stalls can not affod to really stock cashmere scarves. A good cashmere scarf in India too will cost more than $30-40 . Most of markets in India sell combination of Silk with Cashmere or Viscose with Silk. This gives scarf smooth ad silky feel but won't be as good quality as Cashmere

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I travel to India frequently for business and on my last trip I purchased a scarf at a market that is supposedly 100% cashmere. I rubbed it against my chin, and it was not itchy. There is no label on the scarf since it is not sold by a retail store. How do I know that it is 100% pure cashmere?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thanks for providing this information was of great help for my needs, more information like this is needed, hope you have some things in the future, would love to see more information from you :-)

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      sahota lm 8 years ago

      Dear Ian Brown,

      I am not sure why Cashmere is not spelled with K in most of international market, but certainly in some places in Europe, people use K in start. But in fact, "Cashmere" is the fabric type registered in U.S Wool Act. That's main reason people across world use this name.

      Rest you asked about If a cashmere can pass through a wedding ring, Its not always true. No doubt Cashmere is very fine fabric, but manufacturing the scarves or other clothing items is very different, Its depends what is PLY they use. To make it simple, you can make an item as thick as possible from cashmere by simple increasing the ply of by combining several thin cashmere fibres. For example, you can buy a Cashmere Throw or Cashmere Blanket, that never going to pass through a ring. So you can not always say that a cashmere can pass through a ring.

      Its sad, but true that you can not really test a cashmere when you are buying from a retail shop, you just need to rely on the shop to source pure cashmere.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Very informative site, thank you!

      I have two questions:

      Why isn't Cashmere spelled with the letter, 'K'?

      Is it true a pure Cashmere scarf can pass through a weeding ring?

      Once again, thank your for your time and wonderful website.

      I.B