THERE’S CASHMERE, THEN THERE’S CASHMERE.
Here at Duck Soup we work with small family run businesses in Nepal. We source our suppliers ethically and very carefully, a trust is built and we only work with the longest fibres to ensure the cashmere quality is the finest, softest cashmere you will find. But I’m assuming you hear that a lot, right?
We use long fibres because they strengthen the yarn, all cashmere pills, this is those tiny friction balls you may see on your jumper after the first few times of wear, but piling should not occur so much when long fibres have been used.
Duck soup use only premium grade cashmere with the whitest fibres. We source yarn from the belly of the Himalayan Mountain Goat, where the fibre is the longest and densest. When purchasing our cashmere the evidence is clear for itself, however because we have spent a fair amount of time testing cashmere quality, we thought we would give you a few tips to bare in mind if you’re also purchase cashmere elsewhere.
– The hand feel of Cashmere should have that added ‘wow’ factor. It is doesn’t feel soft to the touch, that’s generally because of the length of the cashmere fibre used. (If it’s cheap, there’s usually a reason for it).
– Cashmere shouldn’t be rough and scratchy, if it is, assume shorter fibres have been used and if this is the case, you can guarantee the purity of the cashmere is not great – you may even find a mix of yarns have been used. A lot of the time this is what you can expect from big supermarket chains, some often mix other fibres with cashmere and then label them “pure or 100% cashmere”, which is deceptive as well as illegal. Watch out for this! Some cashmere manufacturers use the short fibres from the back and legs, where it is coarser and darker, but which also costs less to buy and produce.
– If the cashmere you’re picking up feels slick –oily – this is because it has been treated too much with chemicals to make it appear softer. Again, this is an instance where a poor quality of cashmere has been used and has been treated to appear softer, this won’t last!
We hope this helps a little. Just remember like a fine wine, cashmere should get better with age if it is cared for correctly. Love your cashmere and it will love you back for an eternity.