Cashmere is one of the world’s most luxurious fabrics, therefore one of the most expensive. They definitely look and feel great but a good quality piece of cashmere will leave a significant dent in your bank account (they can cost a couple thousand dollars!). It’s fair to wonder if it’s a worthy investment before you make a purchase. Here we’ll give you some reasons to help you make a decision.
Is A Cashmere Scarf Worth The Money?
If it’s made out of a truly good quality cashmere - then yes. It won’t be cheap, but with the right maintenance it can be worn for decades! It’s definitely an investment piece, but a worthwhile one if you live anywhere with a cooler climate. Besides looking amazing, cashmere is incredibly soft and warm. In fact, it’s one of the warmest fabrics out there, being super lightweight. So if you invest in and take care of a quality cashmere scarf, it will be yours for life.
You may be wondering why cashmere is so expensive in the first place. It all comes down to the production process. Cashmere is considered a rare fabric as it’s much harder to obtain than regular sheep’s wool. It comes from a specific breed of goat (the kashmir goat) that can only be found in specific regions of certain countries: India, Mongolia, China, Nepal, Tibet, Myanmar, and Bhutan. They live in mountainous regions with harsh climates. Their fleece has adapted to these extreme conditions and they have two layers of it for warmth and insulation: a coarse outer layer and a soft, downy undercoat. Cashmere comes from the undercoat. The fleece in this undercoat is incredibly fine so it cannot be mass produced like other wool can. Also, the goats only shed their fleece for a few months during the spring. It takes the fleece of two goats to produce two cashmere scarfs, so getting the material itself is no easy task.
Producing cashmere is equally challenging. First, the fleece must be inspected and any pieces of outer layer are separated out. This process alone takes a few weeks. They may go a step further and select only the softest pieces of the undercoat for actual production. The pieces that are deemed the best quality are then thoroughly cleaned and any fat, dust, or other impurities are removed. Then the design process can start, but many luxury brands go through extra rounds of processing to ensure top quality.
If you do decide to invest in a piece of cashmere, make sure that you’re taking proper care of it to ensure its quality remains. Store it somewhere dry, cool, and clean, preferably out of sunlight. Fold it on a shelf rather than hanging it to avoid altering its shape. You can even protect it with a cotton dust bag or layers of tissue paper. When it comes to cleaning, it’s better to take it to a professional dry cleaner that specializes in cashmere. If you decide to wash it yourself, never put it in the washer and dryer. Carefully hand wash it with a gentle shampoo, such as baby shampoo or something without harsh chemicals, and lay it flat to dry on top of a towel. Make sure it’s completely dry before you store it again. Also remember that cashmere tends to attract moths, so make sure yours is protected! You can fend off moths by putting a few drops of lavender oil in your closet (when you can’t smell it anymore, it’s time for another round).
Cashmere can be very expensive, but the right kind will be worth every penny. You’ll be left with a beautiful piece that will make you feel elegant and luxurious while keeping you incredibly warm. Just make sure you give it back the love and care it deserves.