The Cashmere Sweater

After this weekend’s chilly blast, I thought today would be the perfect time to talk about one of my most coveted pieces – the cashmere sweater… The king of all knits! I popped into ZARA the other day and couldn’t believe my eyes when I spotted the most perfect cashmere sweater ever! Spoiler alert… It is a heck of a pricey item and I am still weighing my options, so thought I’d share a few local finds if you too are looking to beat the cold in style with a little cashmere this season.

I would probably  never spend that kind of cash on a “department store” jersey. Shoes, yes – without blinking an eyelid – but clothes…. Let’s just say I’m not as blind when it comes to clothing prices as I am with shoes. I mean, give me any shoe, any price and I bet I could justify its worth! What can I say? It’s built into my DNA (thanks Dad). But cashmere is different. Branded or not, cashmere is a very special item and there are reasons for its hefty price tag.

But what makes a Cashmere Sweater, or cashmere anything for that matter oh so amazing?…. The wool used in Cashmere is different to that of sheep wool and is obtained from specially breeded Cashmere goats. Cashmere wool is softer, it feels incredibly luxurious and the fine texture not only adds to its softness, but it makes it super warm too. Cashmere is said to provide three times the insulation to that of sheep’s wool. So if you want warmth without loading up on layers, a 100% cashmere sweater would be like wearing three wool knits sans the bulk.

The closest I’ve come to owning cashmere is my beloved Country Road jumper that has 5% cashmere in the blend. Even then, with only 5% it feels far superior to any of my other knits. 100% Cashmere is like pure luxury to the touch!

Now, your jaw may drop after seeing the prices of these beauts featured, but all of these knits are actually rather well priced to say the least. According to Cashmere Org, it takes the fleece of more than two goats to create a two ply sweater and between four to six cashmere goats to create a sports jacket, or as we call them, blazers/coats.

Take your pick! From Left: 95% Cashmere Rollneck Trenery (R2799), ZARA Oversized Cashmere Knit (R1999), Kinsley Cashmere Pullover – Poetry (R1499), Navy Poloneck Jumper – H&M Premium (R1199).

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1 Comment

  1. Meryil Naidoo
    July 27, 2016 / 6:24 pm

    I love Cashmere and silk and wool. I a have travelled around the world finding these wonderful textiles and yes they are pricey but I sometimes have managed to get them for a bargain.

    I have eventually resorted to buying wool and cashmere skeins and crocheting and knitting my own. It’s worth every penny.

    My journey started with an illness. I ultimately broke my body’s thermostat one could say and I just could not regulate my body temperature. I sometimes didn’t know I was cold or hot, but I knew I was irritable. So I found materials that helped me manage it. Woolworths temperature control Spencer’s are excellent, there are ones for summer and ones for winter. I began using wool socks, I could never get warm enough but I was using cotton socks and until I realised what I was doing wrong, it changed my life, lol. I found it by mistake, I just bought the random pair at Woolies, I did not even like the pattern, but I kept looking for them to wear, I checked the label and it was wool socks, so I began finding out more. Mr Price has hiking socks with wool in them and so does Woolworths, I was so grateful.

    Forever New is a brand I enjoy thoroughly too. They use leather, Alpaca, silk and cashmere in their clothing and it’s brilliantly designed. I generally get their coats because of their use of wool and leather and silk in it. I also can’t wear heavy clothing because when my sugar levels drop, I can’t physically manage to carry the weight of a jacket but need to remain warm or else I will pass out. So the temperature regulation of natural yarns are the best. It also helps acne if you use natural fibers and for obvious reasons, wearing plastics which essentially are synthetic fibers aggravates acne and causes a festering ground for bacteria. Sheepskin is used in medical practice to prevent bedsores, relieves pressure on the bones and can be bought online. I saw a designer use it and it looked so sexy and luxurious. I even saw it been used in office chairs because executives spend so much time I cold offices and I have seen it been used in baby cots. I think Stokke had a great insert for one of their prams.

    In hot weather bamboo and cotton and linen are my pure favourites. They are much easier to find than the warm wools.

    I became so interested in this and South Africa has amazing sheep farmers so our textiles are great. I am even thinking of becoming one. Who knows. All I know is I love pure luxurious textures and whether is leather, sheepskins or wool South Africa can easily create and supply these markets because we have it at our doorstep.

    We just need people’s new found love for these textiles to be revived. Thank you for this article. I went to the links and I think they are all sold out so I will have to keep an eye for more cashmere items. I have over 10 cashmere sweaters, best money I ever spent. Timeless classic pieces.

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