It is the elegance of the cashmere cardigan that has sustained it all these years despite the introduction of so many other types of clothing. Ever since it appeared in late 1800, this piece of clothing has been able to maintain its unique stature and one of the rather innovative design initiatives was to provide it with a zipper or buttons down its front. That has been very well accepted by people and lends it an exclusivity that other clothing has found it difficult to emulate.
Typically, cardigans are made out of either cotton or wool, though the less costly ones made out of acrylic have also become quite popular. It is the V-neck that is most preferred as it enables the wearer to substitute the usual waistcoat with the cardigan underneath the jacket or blazer.
One of the main reasons for the high cost of the cashmere cardigan is the process that goes into making one. These are made out of the downy wool found on the Himalayan goats and the quality of this wool is such that it has a very luxurious feel to it. The wool itself is collected not by combing the animal but by clipping it gently and since each of these goats that are also found in some numbers in China and Mongolia can produce only a limited quantity of this exclusive material, it is natural that the cardigans produced out of such a scarce resource are priced high. This material that goes into the making of the cardigan is such that it confers the clothing luxurious warmth despite its lightness and that has been the principal attribute that has set it apart from all other clothing.
It is not only the feel of wool or the warmth that the cardigan is famous for. It is also the versatility of the clothing that is of significance.
It can be worn at any time of the year and women have found it to be particularly trendy as they can wear it with any clothing. Its durability ensures that an investment made once serves you for a long period of time and the only care you should take when purchasing one is to ensure that it is a genuine cashmere cardigan.
The reason for the above cautionary note is that like everything else in the fashion and clothing industry, there are duplicates that are being passed off as the original. Note that there are buyers for these too and they make the purchase fully aware of its quality and they are doing so due to the fact that they cannot afford the real one.
Both men and women have access to a wonderful array of colours, designs and sizes. Depending on your preference, you have the round neck, hoody and mock neck designs, though as mentioned earlier, it is the V-neck that seems to be the most in demand.
With respect to maintenance of the cashmere cardigan, you only need to ensure that you do not wash your cardigan in the machine. Washing it manually is a better option to preserve its softness.