Cashmere is luxurious and durable. It travels well and doesn’t wrinkle. It offers great insulation; is warm in the winter and cool in the spring. Cashmere is long lasting; it actually becomes softer with age and rarely pills after being worn and washed. It should last a lifetime. How to check the quality of cashmere? A quick test is to rub the palm of your hand on the surface of the garment and see if fiber starts rolling into little balls. That is not a good sign. Another quick test is to stretch the garment from side to side, you want the garment to snap back into shape, If it does not, it is a low quality fiber.
What is the difference between 2-ply and a 4-ply garment?
Two-ply yarn is better than the single yarn. Sweater designers use additional plies to add weight and color, but the extra plies add no additional quality.
If you are looking for a less expensive cashmere garment? cashmere blend with silk is a better choice. Silk is less expensive than cashmere, and blends very well with cashmere and gives garments more sheen and drape.