Though wool and cashmere are very good
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
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
While wool fibers are generally shorter, thicker and have
more pronounced scales.
Comparing with cashmere, wool is less soft. Grade A cashmere is soft enough to be worn
comfortably against the bare skin.
Due to its natural curling feature, the cashmere fiber can
effectively prevent the
influx of cold air, 2-3 times of warmth compared to that of 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
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 which were spun using shorter or a blend
of different length of fibers, especially those that combine natural and man-made types.
Longer fibers pill less than short ones because it has less loose fiber 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
the 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.
Garments made from sheep’s wool, while warm, are
relatively heavy and can feel scratchy
due to the coarseness of the wool. But it is also significantly lighter if the garment
is made of high-quality, 100-percent cashmere.