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Cashmere sweaters are made from the underbelly hair of the Cashmere goats. They live in Mongolia and along the borders of Pakistan and India. Lesser quality may come from Iran or Turkey. The best Cashmere is from the under hair found on the lower half of the body and on the goats belly. The Cashmere is light, soft and fine to touch and is very strong. Harvesting this wool entails a lot of work. The goat has to be combed intricately so that the only fine under hairs is collected instead of the coarse top layer of hair. Combing a single goat can take up to three days.
Touch. The quality of a Cashmere sweater can be easily determined by your fingertips. Typically, top quality Cashmere is woven with long fibers has the softness and a lavish feel. Lesser quality Cashmere is woven out of shorter fibers which reduce the feeling of smoothness and silkiness.
Shade. The darker shaded Cashmere sweaters are a bit rougher as compared to the lighter shades like the gray or pastel colors, because the lighter shaded Cashmeres are not exposed to a lot of dyes and harsh chemicals.
Stretch. Cashmeres are extremely light in weight and the density of the fibers makes it last for a long time. You can test the density by gently pulling the sides of the sweaters and letting go, quality Cashmeres would retain their shape while low quality cashmeres would show some sort of deformation.