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What’s Better for Winter, a Cashmere Scarf or a Wool One?

When it comes to winter accessories, there's no . Wool and cashmere scarves are the most popular choices because of their exceptional quality and durability. They are both made of natural materials, but their distinctive differences may make it difficult to decide which one is right for you if you are not familiar with them.

In this blog, we're going to explore the two in order for you to be able to make an informed decision.

Scarf Materials: Cashmere

Cashmere is a luxurious fabric made from the hair of special goats that can only be found in the wild in a few countries. The goats live in places where temperatures drop below -40 degrees in the winters, and they grow a protective coat of hair to protect them from the cold. Ultra-fine and insulating, the coat is used to make luxuriously soft scarves.

Scarf Materials: Wool

Wool is a material made up of the curly hair of various animals, such as goats and sheep. Because different breeds of sheep have different thicknesses of wool, one breed may have more wool than another. It is used in the textile industry to make warm clothing, sleeping bags, blankets and yes, shawls. This material's ability to repel water makes it a great insulator. 

Wool Scarves vs. Cashmere Scarves


If you're looking for winter warmth in luxury, you'll want a 100% cashmere scarf. It affords an elegant, silky feeling, making it ideal for formal events in particular. Wool scarves, on the other hand, afford excess weight.


Cashmere scarves require more care than merino/sheep wool scarves. Wool and cashmere are both natural fibers, but cashmere is softer and lighter. To wash a cashmere scarf, hand wash it with cold water without damaging it by letting it soak in water or rubbing it too roughly. 

You can wash a wool scarf in warm or cold water, but you should use a delicate cycle with cold water and no fabric softener. Your wool scarf can also be machine washed as long as you set the washing machine to a delicate cycle with cold water without using fabric softener.


Quality dictates just how durable a cashmere or wool scarf is. Wool scarves are generally more sturdy in terms of washing and stretching. When it comes to lifespan, however, with some extra care a cashmere scarf that's of high-quality can last for up to 20 years.

Softness and Warmth 

A scarf made ufrom 100% cashmere is at least 8 times warmer than one made from wool. Since cashmere fibers are finer than wool scarves and they're hollow, they're both softer and lighter than wool overall. Cashmere scarves do great at providing insulation, which means they're ideal for keeping people warm in wintertime. It should be noted that the opposite is also true: they also do well in providing coolness in summertime, meaning cashmere scarves are quite versatile.


Scarves are a great way to fend off the cold in winter. Two of the most popular types are those made from wool and cashmere. Both have their own pros and cons in terms of durability, aesthetics and care.

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