The old adage ‘you get what you pay for’ is very true when it comes to purchasing wool or cashmere clothing. True, some garments will be overpriced for the quality you are getting, but very cheap products are never the best quality. ‘Pure cashmere’ is 100% goat cashmere. It is taken from the undercoat only, and consists of a thin fiber from within the root of the goat hair. It grows in winter and falls out in spring when the temperatures rise again. One goat can produce only 50-80g or pure cashmere each year.
‘Silk cashmere’ is a blend of cashmere and silk, as the name suggests. The addition of silk makes garments stronger and easier to manufacture, while not taking too much away from the softness or thermal properties of the resulting fabric. It can wrinkle, but is not particularly prone to it, and the silk fibers help to prevent stretching during wearing, cleaning and drying of the garment. Overall, it is a good compromise between the higher price of pure cashmere and the loss of the features that higher price buys you. If you want a cheaper product that still functions mostly like pure cashmere, this is a good choice.