The Cashmere Test

In an industry as large as fashion, cutting corners can become inevitable for some vendors. But you shouldn't suffer as a result. Quality cashmere is often imitated... but today we will provide you with a simple test to ensure the products you are purchasing are of the finest materials. 


Step 1. Check the Label An easy giveaway for low-quality cashmere products can be identified simply by the product contents printed on the product's label. Companies are required by law to list the percentages of materials used, and therefore you should only select items that are listed as "100% CASHMERE". Anything less than 100% indicates a cashmere blend, usually of lesser quality. While blended fabric can still yield quality clothing, this should be reflected in a lower pricepoint. 

Step 1. Check the Label

An easy giveaway for low-quality cashmere products can be identified simply by the product contents printed on the product's label. Companies are required by law to list the percentages of materials used, and therefore you should only select items that are listed as "100% CASHMERE". Anything less than 100% indicates a cashmere blend, usually of lesser quality. While blended fabric can still yield quality clothing, this should be reflected in a lower pricepoint. 

Step 2: Feel the Fabric The best cashmere comes from the highest-grade materials. Although an item may say 100% cashmere, the blend may be a cheaper yarn regardless of cashmere percentage. The main variant in cashmere quality is due to how the product is utilized. The milling process, or the production of cashmere yarn, determines how the material will perform. Cashmere that is over-milled is typically not durable and will fall apart overtime. Conversely, under-milled material will feel coarse and lack the soft characteristics that cashmere is valued for.  To differentiate the yarn types, feel the fabric. It should feel ultra-soft, unlike any other material. To ensure you are getting the softest materials, rub the material against the most touch-sensitive areas of the skin. When trying the item on, be sure to observe feeling on the inner arms and wrist, the small of the back, and the collarbones. 

Step 2: Feel the Fabric

The best cashmere comes from the highest-grade materials. Although an item may say 100% cashmere, the blend may be a cheaper yarn regardless of cashmere percentage. The main variant in cashmere quality is due to how the product is utilized. The milling process, or the production of cashmere yarn, determines how the material will perform. Cashmere that is over-milled is typically not durable and will fall apart overtime. Conversely, under-milled material will feel coarse and lack the soft characteristics that cashmere is valued for. 

To differentiate the yarn types, feel the fabric. It should feel ultra-soft, unlike any other material. To ensure you are getting the softest materials, rub the material against the most touch-sensitive areas of the skin. When trying the item on, be sure to observe feeling on the inner arms and wrist, the small of the back, and the collarbones. 

Step 3: Hold the Item Up The material should not be transparent when being held up against a light. If it is, this could be an indicator of careless production or too thin of a yarn, possibly a result of being over-milled. The fabric should appear to be radiant and crisp. Avoid fabrics that appear to shine or are not consistent in color. 

Step 3: Hold the Item Up

The material should not be transparent when being held up against a light. If it is, this could be an indicator of careless production or too thin of a yarn, possibly a result of being over-milled. The fabric should appear to be radiant and crisp. Avoid fabrics that appear to shine or are not consistent in color. 

Step 4: Consider the Price Cashmere is one of the finest clothing materials, and the price should reflect that. Be prepared to spend more on these items due to the cost of producing the high-quality yarn. Real cashmere has a tendency to be much more expensive than their fake counterparts, which can be a giveaway for fake products. 

Step 4: Consider the Price

Cashmere is one of the finest clothing materials, and the price should reflect that. Be prepared to spend more on these items due to the cost of producing the high-quality yarn. Real cashmere has a tendency to be much more expensive than their fake counterparts, which can be a giveaway for fake products. 

Tracy Brent Collections offers a variety of high quality 100% Cashmere and blended Cashmere products. The three items listed above are 100% Kinross Cashmere products, all passing the cashmere test! Tracy Brent Collections stands behind Kinross Cashmere and their mission to provide top quality Dawson Forte Cashmere products with respect to the enviornment. 

Shop our extensive collection online, including the Kinross Cable Twist V-Neck ($286), the Kinross Crystal Cardigan ($475), and the Kinross Apres Ski Cable Sweater ($407).