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Have you ever wondered if the cashmere scarf you bought is really cashmere or something else? Did you ever wonder if the faux fur collar was really “faux” or is it in fact from someone’s pet dog or cat?

SGS has the technology and the expertise to tell you the real origin of the product.
SGS Cashmere Labs, is a group of SGS laboratories, located in the UK, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, operating an internationally controlled and standardised service for the testing of cashmere and other animal fibre and prestige fibre blends. SGS is in a unique position in that it has laboratories in the major cashmere production area (China) and the major manufacturing areas (China, the Far East and Europe). SGS can provide independent sampling through its local offices in over 140 countries.
Substitution of cashmere with wool or other animal fibres can lead to significant rewards for the producer due to the huge price difference between fibres.
SGS has set up a comprehensive traceable animal fibre library, which contains detailed information of speciality animals and their fibres.
SGS Cashmere Labs use the most comprehensive testing technologies, including: Optical Microscope, Scanning Electron Microscope and the latest technology, Species Identification of Animals by MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry (SIAM) method for the fibre composition analysis and animal species identification in textile and fur products. 
SIAM is the most up-to-date and sensitive tool able to detect animal species from traces of hair, claws or nails. It is the most secure way to protect producers, importers and consumers from incorrect or misleading labelling of products.
The database contains fibre and fur samples of more than 120 different species, including more than 20 breeds of domestic dogs and cats.
Other major animal categories included are:
  • Wild forms of Canidae such as wolf, fox and coyote
  • Wild forms of Felidae such as tiger, leopard, cheetah and lynx
  • Mustelidae such as mink, sable and pine marten
Also included are: beaver, bear, raccoon, sheep, goat, cow, horse, camel, yak, rabbit, hare, roe deer, ibex and seal amongst many more.
And it isn’t just for fibres, SIAM can also be applied for feather and down identification. For example: the direct Maldi-method allows the designation of duck and goose weight fractions in a large amount of down.
At the forefront of the textile testing field, SGS is committed to continually developing new capabilities for the industry. 
When you need to be sure... SGS has the answer.
For further information please contact:
Robert Croskell BTech CText FTI
Softlines Specialist
t: +44 (0)1379 668625
m: +44 (0)7730 544718


SGS is the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognised as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 95,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,400 offices and laboratories around the world.