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Cashmere scarves?

indianshaft

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How do you know if a scarf is good quality or not?

I recently purchased a 100% cashmere scarf but it feels thin, compared to others that I have looked at.

Are there some general characteristics in determining if a scarf is good or not? Also, is there a way to tell if it is 2ply (I think that is the term) or not?

Thanks for the help.
 

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I can feel the difference. Good cashmere is unbelievably soft.
 

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Check out Ralph Lauren Purple Label cashmere scarves. They run about $600 and are super thick.
 

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Or look into the Alex Beggs of Scotland scarves.
 

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i recently bought a ralph lauren scarf (not purple label) that is cashmere and is so thick. cost about 100$.
 

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There are different grades of cashmere qualities, so just because it's cashmere does not automatically mean it's good stuff. A high quality wool scarf could be much nicer to the touch than a low grade cashmere scarf.

Also, just because a cashmere scarf is thick does not mean it's of good quality. The Rubinacci cashmere scarves are very thin but unbelievably soft (I can pull it through my wedding ring and it's about 200 cm x 100 cm large).
 

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Originally Posted by Leaves
There are different grades of cashmere qualities, so just because it's cashmere does not automatically mean it's good stuff. A high quality wool scarf could be much nicer to the touch than a low grade cashmere scarf.

Also, just because a cashmere scarf is thick does not mean it's of good quality. The Rubinacci cashmere scarves are very thin but unbelievably soft (I can pull it through my wedding ring and it's about 200 cm x 100 cm large).


Dealers of shahtoosh in Delhi like to boast that only a shahtoosh shawl can pass through a ring
 

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Originally Posted by aj_del
Dealers of shahtoosh in Delhi like to boast that only a shahtoosh shawl can pass through a ring


Pklease also note that shahtoosh is illegal to import into the US, as the animal from which it is made is endangered, and the current methof of production of shahtoosh requires that the animal be killed.

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Go to a Rubinacci store and try it for yourself.

If in doubt, bring a married friend with big fingers.
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Rub it and see if your fingers feel greasy--bad sign. Johntsons (Johnsons?) of Scotland (I belive) makes nice ones. I have one of my Dad's that's at least 25 years old and no sign of wear. In contrast, I have a couple of J Crew cashmere sweaters that are two years old and shot.
 

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Originally Posted by Leaves
Go to a Rubinacci store and try it for yourself.

I was not challenging your statement, merely stating that dealers in shahtoosh mislead buyers here.

Shahtoosh is also illegal in India and some years there was a scheme to get your existing shahtoosh stuff registered with the government. If you are caught wearing shahtoosh today and you cant produce the registration to prove that you had it before it was banned, you are liable to be prosecuted. Needless to say the shawl will be confiscated.
 

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