Hi and thanks so much for reading my question! I can understand if there are in fact no direct answers to this question. I live in india and the markets here are probably totally different to those in the States. we have brands but are not limited to them in the least and some of the most beautiful and high quality fabrics as well as clothes are sold in nameless shops at varying rates (tailoring is also big here). however, I seem to have developed a gripping fear of ending up with cheap or poor quality cloth. while I am a firm believer that quality comes at a price, it isn’t exactly always applicable in our markets. I find that I am afraid to buy something that doesn’t feel right to the touch at a local shop, but my fears are put to ease if I see a similar thing at a reputed branded store. this has also turned out to be quite a problem as I often fall in love with a pattern or find the perfect size, but hesitate to buy it because I’m worried the cloth will look cheap or spoil easily. I never really hesitate to invest in good cloth. the truth is that the concept of something “looking cheap” has been planted in my head by someone, and has clouded my judgement considerably. so my question is, are there any simple standard tests I can put the cloth to, by appearance or by feel, that will help me determine the quality? or vice versa, anything I can notice in a fabric that means I absolutely must NOT buy it? I’m sorry the question is so silly, and would more than understand if there was no proper answer. in that case please let me know if the best thing to do is to pick fabric/clothes in a more “secure” price bracket. thank you again!