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As mentioned, better quality cashmere does indeed come from a particular section of the goat. Because the underside of the neck and front section of the chest never experience the harsh elements, this is the zone from which the best fibers are combed.Originally Posted by drink8648
Also, another aspect to consider is the petigree. All animals are not created equal. Like Merinos, quality is dependent on certain environmental factors such as weather, grazing conditions, food etc.Originally Posted by drink8648
Nice post, FrankDC. Very helpful.Originally Posted by Spudbunny
any words of wisdom to offer for maintaining cashmere sweaters? Just a good shake after wearing, a light brushing with a cashmere brush, or something else? WHat about cleaning and storge (over Summer)?Originally Posted by horton
Actually Gary, that's a myth, popularized by marketeers at companies like Lands End who can't think of any other way to sell average grade cashmere sweaters.
Just a few basic tips, which you probably know already:
3. How it's knitted or woven. Ply doesn't matter nearly as much as many people might think, e.g. for feel and hand I actually prefer single-ply sweaters, and have dozens of them that look just as good now as they did 10+ years ago. It's all about fiber quality, not thickness.Originally Posted by Frank DC