Here are our tips and suggestions for the maintenance of your cashmere garments.
Advice on cashmere
- Cashmere loves water
For a good hand wash: hand wash in warm water with a mild quality detergent. Leave to soak for about 15-30 minutes. Press the garment with a light “massage”, do not twist or rub. Rinse with clean water at the same temperature as the wash.
- And after washing?
Centrifuge in the washing machine at low revs, dries lying flat, do not hang. If you want, when it is almost dry put the head 2 minutes in the dryer at low temperature, manually remove the excess fiber (pilling phenomenon) with a soft brush or with the special comb.
Iron it with steam iron at medium temperature.
- What is pilling?
In the early stages of using a pure cashmere garment, a superficial surplus of fiber commonly called “pilling” may occur. Pilling is that particular process that leads to the formation of small irregular pellets of fibers called “pills”.
These pellets are formed due to rubbing or friction mechanisms, and are not to be considered a sign of lower quality of cashmere, but a natural consequence of use. After two or three washes the excess hair will disperse to leave room for the “heart” of the fiber. You can manually remove the excess fiber with the help of a soft brush or with the special comb.
- A couple of suggestions ...
Do not wash your cashmere garment every time you wear it! After a day of use, leave it in the open air and wash it only when actually necessary.
Let your head rest between 2 uses at least 24 hours. during this time, the elastic fibers have the ability to relax and rediscover and enhance a new softness that sets them apart.
- And at the change of season?
In mid-seasons and in the warm season, pure cashmere garments are more exposed to the aggression of moths that are “greedy” for this precious fiber. Keep the spare thread supplied with the garment because it is valuable for any minor repairs.
Store your washed and cleaned items in airtight boxes or bags and in mid-seasons, when you’re still using your clothes, spray an anti-moth product regularly into the closet.
We know cashmere well
Cashmere Company is an expert in cashmere, the natural textile fiber obtained from the undercoat of the goat hyrcus, native to the mountainous regions of Asia.
The strong thermal excursions of its habitat have induced in the cashmere goat the development of a dense hair ten times warmer and lighter than sheep’s wool, able to protect it from both low and high temperatures.
To collect cashmere, a manual coat combing is performed during the winter season.
The best quality coat is the duvet, with an average / annual production of between 100 and 200 grams for each adult animal (in the same period a merino sheep or an adult alpaca provide around 5 kg of wool). True cashmere must always consist of 2 twisted threads.
The high quality of cashmere is due to the purity of the yarn and to the fiber section (between 14 and 18 microns), the longer and thinner the fiber the more precious the cashmere is obtained. The cashmere yarn costs about € 165 per kg and to make a cardigan you need the fleece shorn of at least 3 goats.
So a good quality cashmere knit can not have a low cost if not for the poor quality of the yarn and the presence of impure fibers.