Cashmere - Care Tips
What is Cashmere ?
Cashmere is also known as Pashmina in Nepal, is diamond fibre extricated from the body
of the mountain goat “Capra Hircus”. This goat is a native
of the Himalayan belt 10,000 fit above sea level…….existence
of this nature’s wonder species is very harsh with extremely
cold climate and scarce vegetation. Blessed with very thin,
short and the softest wool found in the nature. It has an
exotically silky texture, weightless lightness but super warmth
which when wearing it next to the skin, provides a uniquely
titillating experience which has been described as Sensual
Sublimity by our ancestors.
Pashmina, the finest cashmere wool has been
popular for centuries among royalty and other elites as the
finest, most luxurious wool in the world. For a thousand years
or more, this glorious wool has been prized for its warmth,
lightness and durability. For lightness and warmth, Pashmina
wool is unmatched. Delicate and soft to touch, it caresses
the skin. It is not surprising that Pashmina has been successful
in establishing its uniqueness among fashion wear thought
out the planet.
How to wash your Cashmere Sweaters :
Hand wash in lukewarm water using your hair shampoo. Be sure
to dissolve the shampoo thoroughly then put the sweater into
water. Rinse with hair conditioner, this would make your cashmere
sweater softer. Wash colored garments separately.
Do not bleach. Squeeze gently, do not twist or wring. Twisting
the wet sweater would stretch the shape of your sweater. Dry
flat after removing excess water, away from direct heat and
sunlight. Press with damp cloth, using a cool iron, iron from
the inside of the garment.
How to store your Cashmere Sweaters :
Before storing your precious cashmere garments in basements
or attics, check carefully for leaks, dampness and sunlight.
Fold clothes or pack them neatly in tissue paper or plastic
bag and store them in a closet away from light, dust and dampness.
Cleaning before storage is recommended, as fresh stains that
may not yet be visible will oxidize and become fixed during
storage; they may also be the food for moths. Moths have a
discerning palate, they feast only on natural Fabrics. Mothballs
(naphthalene) and cedar chips are standard protection from
moth infestation of woolens. To store a pure cashmere sweater
during summer, the most important thing is to keep moisture
away, so please do not store your cashmere sweaters in a damp
place. A well-sealed plastic storage box (available in cost
stores) is any moisture inside). Make sure the box is dry
before you put sweaters in.
To keep moths away, the first thing to make sure is that the
sweater is clean before long-time storage. Pay close attention
to any food stains as moths are particularly attracted to
our normal food proteins and cooking oils. Those moth proofing
products are helpful, or simply spray some perfume on a place
of paper and put the paper next to your sweater inside the
Additional Care Tips for Cashmere Sweaters:
To keep your cashmere garments always clean and
beautiful, here are some basic rules to follow:
Do not wear the same garment too frequently.
Allow the garment two or three days’ rest after a day’s wearing.
A silk or Pashmina scarf goes well with cashmere tops and
cardigans. Used between Your cashmere top/cardigan and your
neck, a scarf will also prevent powder or other cosmetics
Do not wear a cashmere garment next to rough
clothing, metal necklaces, bracelets, belts and rough leather
items such as crocodile leather bags. Dress up your cashmere
with a silk scarf and pearl accessories instead of accessories
with a rough surface.
Pilling is caused by abrasion during regular use. It often
develops around elbows, on the seat of skirts, and in areas
rubbed by a bag or briefcase, even a seat belt. Soft, fuzzy
surfaces are more susceptible than others. So for cashmere
products, some pilling is normal after repeated usage.
To avoid piling, it is important not to allow the cashmere
garment to rub against rough clothing, metal accessories,
bags and belts.
To remove pills, just manually pick them off. Do not rub or
brush a cashmere garment.