Cashmere is wool from Cashmere goats. These goats are a unique type of goats that lives in mountainous areas around Mongolia and delivers much of the cashmere to the world. Cashmere goats are have a very warm and soft undercoat which protects them during the extremely cold winter where temperatures can be below – 50 degrees Celsius. When spring arrives, the goats begin to moult, then they are combed with special combs to get out the undercoat which is then washed and sent to factories that make yarn.
Cashmere is a delicate fabric and should therefore be handled with caution. We advise you not to wash cashmere garments after each use, but every fourth time. That is adequate as cashmere is a breathable material. If needed and wanted, you can ventilate the garment between uses. When machine-washing cashmere, it is important to use the wool program with a maximum of 30 degrees and no centrifugation. It is best if you use detergent designed for wool. When drying the garment it is important not to twist it, but some light pressing to extract most of the water is fine. Place the garment on a towel and let it dry lying flat, to maintain the shape. Cashmere garments should be stored in a dark, cool place, flat.
The friction that comes as a result of using new cashmere garments causes small balls of fluff to form. There balls of fluff is called pilling and is completely normal and does not necessarily indicate poor quality. Regular washing will decrease this pilling on quality cashmere garments. We recommend de-pilling garments with a cashmere comb before washing. Pull the cashmere comb over the garment to remove the small balls with fluff. When all is removed, wash the garment as instructed (see care instructions) and you should notice that pilling decreases.
Within the textile industry the word Gauge (gg) is often used. Gauge is a measure that tells how many stitches per inch is used. For example, in a fabric with 16 gauge, 16 stitches per inch is used. A rule of thumb is that the lower the Gauge is, the thicker the thread. 8 gauge is for example very much thicker than 16 gauge.