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Tips to Identify Pure Versus Fake Cashmere

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Pashmina and cashmere wraps are similar. The latter term is used in Western Countries, whereas the locals living around the Kashmir region use the latter. Cashmere material is got from the mountain goats of Kashmir, Nepal, and Tibet. Pashmina wool is got from Tibetan goat in winter. You can say pashmina is a polished variety of cashmere material. As there is demand for cashmere or pashmina wraps, it is necessary to look for a reliable supplier. The material is expensive and so you don’t desire to end up buying a fake cashmere scarf. 

Look for brands like Oats and Rice, who ensure their different production stages follow strict standards. From collecting raw fiber to spinning, dyeing and final weaving everything ensures minimal environmental impact. You can check their latest designs of charcoal scarves collections at Oats & Rice website.

The market is saturated with fake cashmere scarves, so let’s learn how to identify a fake one and invest in a pure wrap.

  • A slight sheen is okay, but if there is plenty then move away. Authentic pieces have a matte appearance; it is the amount you need to check. 
  • Cashmere has a uniquely soft feel. Its fibers are delicate and fine. Touch it to feel its softness.
  • A genuine brand will be clear about the grades on the labels. Choose the ones having 14 to 15.5 microns. Anything over 19 microns must be avoided. Lower in micron means the soft and light material.
  • If the weaving is irregular, it means the cashmere wrap is handwoven. Hold up the scarf against light to see weaving irregularities.
  • The burn test is challenging because you don’t desire to spoil the wrap. Pick a thread from the fringes. It will not damage the material or design. You can burn the thread. If the odor is like burnt hair and ash is powdery then the material is pure. If the smell is like leaves burning with big flames means it is fake. The ashes will be lumpy. It is acrylic or polyester. 
  • A high dimension means a high cost. In case a wrap with a big dimension is sold at a cheap price screams scam. The standard dimension of a wrap is 36” x 80”. Ply is the fabric strands woven together. Ply-2 means 2 strands are used. It defines the thickness of the material. For scarves, shawls, and stoles the ply is kept low. 
  • To check the authenticity of the material rubbing test is easy. Rub the stuff. The concept is that polyester and acrylic fabric when rubbed builds static electricity that attracts hair or dust or gives out a sparking sound, which is heard.

Online retailers can be deceiving in their descriptions. They label it as ‘cashmere scarf’, but when you check its composition there will low level of cashmere used. ‘Cashmere touch & feel’, this means there is no or less cashmere in it. Choose a product that reads 100% in its description and then do the feel test and the burn test for extra confirmation of the purity of the material. 

 

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