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Khingana 80/20 Cashmere/Mink?

rnoldh

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If anyone knows about this fabric it would be here. I've been scanning Ebay for an overcoat, and thought I'd look for a 100% Cashmere Overcoat(after all it is Ebay).

I haven't pulled the trigger on one yet. But, I've noticed that there are always a few vintage overcoats of an 80/20 Cashmere/Mink Blend. Almost always, they are branded fabric by "Khingana".

Is anyone familiar with the 80/20 Cashmere/Mink Blend, and heard of Khingana? Is it desirable for an overcoat? Any advantages over a 100% Cashmere coat?

What say, experts out there?

Here's an example that sold for $178, which seems like a very good deal!:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Mens-Vintage-Cas...QQcmdZViewItem
 

pejsek

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My impression (nothing more, but it is based on looking at thousands of items) is that the mink blend was always a cost cutting measure. It's kind of a shrewd sell since mink is so clearly identified as a luxury good. But I've seen lots of cheap nasty womens sweaters, for example, with mink in the blend. I always figured there must be some way to separate the unusable mink from furs and reconstitute it in a wool blend. You sometimes see this in cloth for suiting too--marketed never to the cognoscenti, but always to the gullible. I would hold out for 100% cashmere (or, better yet, one of the under-appreciated luxury fibers such as camel hair).
 

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