Everyone knows cashmere. It’s the epitome of high-end leisure wear and known for an exquisitely soft feel and luxurious look. It’s also known for its delicacy, and that’s exactly why you should understand how your cashmere is made. Cashmere made with lower standards for quality can look and feel very similar to its high-end counterparts, but you’ll know the difference by how quickly that expensive sweater begins to show signs of wear. Read More
If you’re looking for a top quality cashmere cardigan in Australia, Merino Wool Knitwear has exactly what you need. We source our garments from world-renowned designers, focusing on classic vintage and simple modern styles that are truly timeless. We’ve been in the business for a long time, and we know exactly what to look for when choosing truly quality garments.
Cashmere is a Special Type of Wool
If you’re going to purchase knitwear that lasts, you have to know a few things about the different types of fabrics. For instance, many people confuse Cashmere and Angora. While both are a type of wool, they’re made from the fleece of different animals. Angora is made from rabbit fur while Cashmere is made from the undercoat of a goat’s fleece. That’s why it has a different texture and softer feel than sheep’s wool.
It’s a Very Rare Type of Knit Fabric
Cashmere is made specifically from the fleece of a Cashmere goat. This is the only species of goat in the world that produces a fleece suitable for weaving into the fine, soft quality common to cashmere. Only hair from the undercoat is narrow enough in diameter to meet quality standards, and this only increases its rarity. In fact, it can take up to four goats to produce enough wool for just one sweater!
Some people even say there are specific parts of the goat that produce better fibres, but most experts agree that any part of the undercoat will yield good results. These are the same experts who will literally put a garment under a microscope to check fibre diameters, and that’s also how they spot fakes. Most people don’t carry a microscope when they go shopping, so how can you know if you’re not getting what you pay for?
How do You Know When You’ve Been Fleeced?
Before you buy, check the feel of the fabric. If it isn’t soft with a slightly smooth texture, it isn’t cashmere. It should also be very supple with no stiffness to the material, and it should not appear shiny. If there is a sheen, it’s likely you’re looking at a regular variety of wool blended with a synthetic fibre.
Purchase from a Reliable Company
The best way to ensure you’re buying the real thing when it comes to cashmere is to purchase from a company who knows the real thing. Trustworthy sources for cashmere could include independent farms, a fibre festival specialising in woollen yarn and garments or from a supplier with more than 30 years experience.
Oh, did we mention that Merino Wool Knitwear has been working with fine wool and cashmere for more than 30 years? You won’t find better cashmere cardigans, and our online shop has a variety of styles that will make you look as good as your new sweater feels! Shop our selection today and find your new favourite addition to your wardrobe.Read Less