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Old 04-30-2019, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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So I had a cashmere sweater from Nordstrom. Returned it about 6 months ago. Wearing the new one which is pilling like crazy. Never been washed or dry cleaned. Today I found a hole in the elbow. Sigh. Is there a better place to buy cashmere sweaters that last more than a few months? I am pretty sure Nordstrom would let me return this sweater (again) but I don't think they have a replacement in stock at the moment. (I have looked at their website.)
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Old 04-30-2019, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Pilling is something that just happens to wool and cashmere sweaters from the friction of wearing them--do you have a depilling tool? And are you storing your woolens where moths can't get to them?
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Old 04-30-2019, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Pilling is something that just happens to wool and cashmere sweaters from the friction of wearing them--do you have a depilling tool? And are you storing your woolens where moths can't get to them?
Don't know what a depilling tool is, will Google. No moths in my house that I can see. Seems to be wear and tear. I just can't seem to find good quality whether cashmere or wool. They all seem to wear out too soon.
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Old 04-30-2019, 11:59 AM
 
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You're wearing a cashmere sweater today? It's 85 degrees! LOL!

Seriously though, it could very well be moths. You don't have to see them for it to be a problem. I'd get some cedar blocks.
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Old 04-30-2019, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Seems like not ever having washed it might contribute? (and agree about cashmere in the summer-like temps - Yikes!)
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Old 04-30-2019, 01:29 PM
 
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some offices are cold
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Old 04-30-2019, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Seems like not ever having washed it might contribute? (and agree about cashmere in the summer-like temps - Yikes!)
What does washing have to do with it? Thanks.
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Old 04-30-2019, 02:29 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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OP, the quality of the cashmere these days is near rock bottom. After China (Inner Mongolia, to be precise) invested heavily in cashmere goats, they've been churning out low-quality cashmere that pills easily. I'm kind of surprised Nordstrom's would choose those suppliers; a lot of catalog businesses favor the cheap stuff. Also, all cashmere sold in the West these days is all two-ply. Generations ago, it was 3-ply yarn, which is stronger and wears much longer, and is a bit heavier, more substantial. Nowadays, you can only get that in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

We also don't know the nature of your pilling issues, either. As someone else pointed out. you can expect some of that, where there's friction on the garment; for example, maybe on the side, under the arms.

You can go to Bed, Bath and Beyond, to get net containers for your cashmere. You can get short or long ones that go over clothes hangers, and also box-shaped ones with a zipper, to store folded items in. These will keep moths out in most cases. You can also buy cedar blocks with hanger hooks, to hang in your closet. I'd do both, for good measure. Some therapeutic herb shops sell an herbal mix, so you can create your own sachets to hang in the closet and put in drawers, as an alternative to cedar.

Moth balls are toxic not only to moths, but to humans. I wouldn't recommend those.
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Old 04-30-2019, 06:47 PM
 
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Over 25 years ago I got a couple of cashmere sweaters from llbean. They never pilled but looked beautiful for twenty years after which a few holes appeared.
I ordered a new one from Bean which was paper thin and self-destructed two years later.
The new stuff is simply dreck.
...DRECK I TELL YA!
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Old 04-30-2019, 07:15 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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The standards for cashmere have deteriorated so that a lot of cashmere isn't as good quality as it used to be.

However, you have to wash cashmere or it will attract moths. Just wash it in cold water and lay it flat to dry. There are those flat mesh sweater dryers that you can buy.

Every time you wear cashmere, you should take a hair brush and brush it That gets rid of any piling that's starting. Then fold the sweater up (hanging it will stretch it out) and put it in a drawer with a few little cedar blocks. The cedar repels moths.

Maybe no one uses cedar chests anymore but they're great for storing cashmere and wool long term, like over the winter. Main thing is to keep washing the cashmere. If you put it away after wearing it without washing it out, it may attract moths. But you can keep the moths at bay for a while with the cedar blocks or chips. Cashmere is something that needs to be cared for.
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