The ultimate guide to choose a quality cashmere scarf•
Posted on May 27 2022
If you're new to buying cashmere scarves, you may be wondering how to determine whether your scarf is high quality or not. Or if you haven't treated yourself to a cashmere scarf, you're missing out on one of the comfiest and cosiest ways to stay warm during the cold months. But because cashmere is an investment in your staple collection, it's important to know how to select quality scarves so that they last for years without losing their shape or softness.
- “In this world, you get what you pay for.” ― Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle
With cashmere scarves, the price can be an indicator of quality. High-end retailers will generally charge more for their products than lower-cost stores, and this is because they have higher overhead costs and use more expensive materials. The price tag on a scarf isn’t always indicative of its quality. If you have trusted online retailers like Calda Cashmere, you can save the $ and their high end quality justifies the price.
2. Lower quality & blends
There are different grades of cashmere: Grade A, Grade B and Grade C. Grade A cashmere go as low as 14 microns diameter per hair (a human hair is 75micron) whereas Grade C is around 30micron. The thinner the cashmere, the finer the construction and the higher quality the final product. Different regions also have varying production methods, which cause their respective cashmere products to vary. You can find Grade A cashmere from Calda cashmere. A lot of suppliers also blend cashmere fabric with other fabric. Cashmere blended with silk is stronger and less fragile while also reducing the cost.
3. Check the label:
You can determine what fibre content is used in a scarf by looking at the label inside the product or on its website. A quality cashmere scarf will label its fabric with a high percentage of pure cashmere, say 90% or more. Additionally, if you're buying from an online retailer like Amazon or eBay, look for products with official tags from recognized brands that provide more information about the manufacturing process and guarantee their products' quality.
4. Educate yourself with average price of cashmere:
To select the right cashmere scarf, be sure to educate yourself on what good quality scarves cost. The best place to start is by searching online for average prices of quality cashmere scarves.
If you're looking for a quality cashmere scarf that will last for years without losing its softness and shape, look for the following qualities:
The best quality cashmere is soft. It should be lightweight, not heavy; breathable, not stifling; and most importantly, a good value for the money you spend.
6. Original Cashmere will Pill
Cashmere is an animal fibre and is prone to pilling. Pilling can be reduced to an extent but won’t completely go.
7. Uneven texture
Only mixed blend and machine-made cashmere’s texture will be uniform and even. An authentic cashmere that has been handcrafted by artisans will show some form of irregularities since it’s done by hand.
8. Chyangra Pashmina
Chyangra Pashmina is internationally recognized as cashmere of the highest grade. It is the world’s most revered luxury fiber, sourced from the native Himalayan mountain goats called “Chyangra” (capra hircus laniger) in Nepal. The Chyangra goats are raised in the isolated Himalayas, at heights of over three thousand meters above sea level.
Protected by a registered trademark in over forty countries (including the USA, Canada, EU, Japan and Australia), the logo is the guarantee of a genuine and superior product, made in Nepal from the luxurious inner wool of the unique Himalayan Chyangra goats and fibers of a similar quality. It further guarantees that the entire production of Chyangra Pashmina involves strict quality standards, environmentally friendly methods and no use of child labor.
In order to be able to promote as Chyangra Pashmina, companies must be a member of Nepal Pashmina Industries Association (NPIA) and they must agree to comply with very strict criteria set out in the Code of Conduct. NPIA can provide more information on the Code of Conduct, if required. NPIA has launched an international marketing campaign, aimed at promoting the value of genuine Chyangra Pashmina to discerning and quality minded customers.
Quality Standards to promote as Chyangra Pashmina
Fiber Diameter: Should not exceed 17 microns.
Fiber Purity: The yarn should have a minimum of 97% Pashmina fiber.
Fiber Composition: If mixed with any other fibers, the yarn should have a minimum of 51% Pashmina content.
Color Fastness: The fiber should feature durable color fastness.
Harmful AZO Dyeing Usage: The fiber should be free from harmful AZO dyeing.
The scarves of Calda Cashmere is made up of Chyangra pashmina (14-16micron).
For most people, the best quality cashmere scarf is one that will last for years without losing its softness or shape. If you're new to buying scarves, educate yourself on what makes a good quality cashmere scarf and how much it costs so you know what to expect from your purchase