Have you ever been in a thrift store or discount shop of some kind, found a really soft sweater with no tag, and wondered what fabric is is? I've been there many times and have found a simple test that will tell you whether or not it is acrylic.
Acrylic is a really good impersonator of cashmere- it is soft, fuzzy, and tends to look like cashmere at first glance. If there is no tag on an acrylic sweater, to the beginner, it can be hard to tell if it is or not.
What you do:
- Take your thumb on the outside of the sweater and your pointer finger on the inside of the sweater, press your fingers together with the sweater in between and wiggle your fingers back and forth.
- If the sweater "squiggles" around or feels slippery, it is ACRYLIC!!
- Cashmere does NOT squiggle or move around when you do this. It keeps its shape.
- This test will only tell you if the sweater is Acrylic or Not Acrylic. Cashmere blends pass this test, as do some other wools.
- Once you get used to identifying cashmere, you will be able to tell just by touching something and looking at how it catches the light.
- Point of this is that you look at a sweater that LOOKS like cashmere and want to know if it is an impostor.
- You should be able to tell angora and mohair from a mile away- it is WAY too fuzzy and out of control.
Practice makes perfect! Test yourself the next time you are in a store. Feel a sweater before looking at the tag and decide if it is Acrylic or not. This will help you feel confident in identifying something without a tag.