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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 box.

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 stains.

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.