Though wool and cashmere are perfect natural fabrics, cashmere has some better characteristics and is a more luxurious fabric with an elegant drape.
A cashmere yarn composed of long fibers achieves the softest feel as fewer ends are loose.
It creates a more uniform and smooth surface since it allows them to be tightly spun.
The resulted product is softer, displaying a more lustrous finishing as it facilitates light reflection.
While wool fibers are generally shorter, thicker, and have more pronounced scales. Compared with cashmere, wool is less soft. Grade A cashmere is gentle enough to be worn comfortably against bare skin.
Due to its natural curling feature, the cashmere fiber can effectively prevent the influx of cold air, 2-3 times of warmth than wool.
Due to how cashmere is made and the strength of the wool, it will stand the test of time as long as it is cared for properly. Unlike other wool or knitted garments, cashmere doesn’t lose its softness or luxurious feel, making them perfect investment pieces.
The friction against fibers caused by normal wear of the material promotes the formation of small fiber balls. It mainly occurs when the knit is made of yarns spun using shorter or a blend of different lengths of fibers, especially those that combine natural and artificial types. Longer fibers pill less than short ones because it has less loose thread ends, needing considerable more abrasion on the fabric surface to release themselves from the yarn. Read here about de-pilling your jumper.
Long cashmere fibers maintain their physical integrity for a longer time, allowing garments to retain their structure. Because cashmere is naturally elastic and resilient(bounces back quickly), it has unique properties such as rapid wrinkle recovery, durability, bulk, lofty hand feel, draping capacity, and warmth. The ability for a garment to be extended or flexed repeatedly and then to recover to its original shape is a crucial factor of its appearance and comfort. Aside from promoting good extension properties, resilience ensures that you don’t feel compression (caused by shrinkage) while avoiding that the fabric stays in a stretched condition, in which case, you will no longer want to wear it.
While warm, garments made from sheep’s wool are relatively heavy and can feel scratchy due to the coarseness of the thread. But it is also significantly lighter if the garment is made of high-quality, 100-percent cashmere.