Once you have bought a sweater, you want it to last. After a while they tend to lose their shape or shrink after a few rounds in the wash. The retention of shape for woolen garments depends a lot on the weaving technique and the material used.
Cashmere is perhaps the most exclusive and expensive type of wool used to make sweaters which is why it is renowned to make light, strong and warm sweaters which are known to retain their shape for years.
How long does a cashmere sweater hold its shape and elasticity?
If you purchase a pure cashmere sweater then you can be looking at a lifetime of 5 to 7 years of regular use, although finding pure cashmere sweaters can be difficult. Many luxury fibre sweaters are a low blend of cashmere mixed with materials such as silk or other inferior quality wool to bring costs down.
Investing in a mixture of cashmere and inferior blends can lead to loss of shape much sooner, which is why we recommend opting for 100% pure cashmere clothing or a blend with over 90% cashmere wool to prolong the life of your garment.
How to check the quality of a cashmere sweater?
One of the best ways to check the quality of cashmere clothes is by running your hand over the surface of the material, if it is pure cashmere it will be soft to touch and if you notice small balls of fibre coming off the surface then it’s a clear sign that the material used is of low quality and has very little cashmere wool in it.
Another way to check the quality and elasticity is by stretching the material; a good cashmere sweater has great elasticity and will immediately go back to its original shape.