Unlike wool, cashmere is made from hair, which is the source of its unique and advantageous properties. Which is better? It depends on the situation and personal preference. But, this list may help you make a decision.
Advantages Of Cashmere
- Warmth: Cashmere's insulation capacity is between three and eight times higher than wool, depending on the quality of the fibers and fabric. This makes it ideal for maintaining your body temperature, keeping you warm, but not hot.
- Softness: Its fibers have a very small diameter. This creates one of the softest yarns in the world.
- Comfort: The small diameter and density of the fibers in cashmere gives it a smoother texture. Wool has a more uneven texture making it scratchy, which can cause itching.
- Lightness: Given its insulating qualities, cashmere clothing is typically lighter than woolen garments and keeps perfect body temperature.
- Shape Resilience: Quality cashmere does not shrink when cleaned properly, and will retain shape better than wool over the years.
- Durability: The best cashmere lasts about 10 years with the right care.
- Like all fabrics, it is not perfect, and there are some downsides to consider before deciding which way to go.
- Pilling: This happens when short fibers twist around themselves in areas of the garment where there is more friction, like elbows or between the arms and sides. This is inevitable and it happns in all qualities of this fabric. However, in higher quality fabrics, it should stop after a few cleanings.
- Care: Cashmere must be cleaned according to the label instructions to avoid damage. We recommend bringing quality cashmere to DELIA'S Cleaners to ensure proper care from knowledgeable experts.
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