Caring For Your Cashmere


Cashmere GoatCASHMERE IS ONE OF THE FINEST NATURAL FIBRES IN THE WORLD AND IS COMBED FROM THE UNDERCOAT OF THE MONGOLIAN GOAT.  KNITWEAR MADE FROM THIS PRECIOUS AND DELICATE FIBRE IS LUXURIOUS TO WEAR BUT REQUIRES A LITTLE MORE CARE AND ATTENTION THAN OTHER FIBRES.

AFTER WEARING YOUR CASHMERE GARMENT FOR THE FIRST FEW TIMES YOU MAY FIND SMALL BALLS OF FIBRE FORMING ON THE SURFACE.  THESE SMALL BALLS OR 'PILLS' ARE CAUSED BY SOME OF THE LOOSE FIBRE TANGLING TOGETHER AS AREAS OF YOUR GARMENT ARE RUBBED DURING WEAR.  PILLS CAN EASILY REMOVED BY HAND OR BY USING A CASHMERE COMB.

YOU WILL FIND THAT AFTER LAVISHING A LITTLE CARE AND ATTENTION ON YOUR CASHMERE AND REMOVING THE PILLS IN THIS WAY, THE GARMENT WILL ACTUALLY CONSOLIDATE AND SOFTEN WITH HANDLE AND TOUCH. CASHMERE WILL IMPROVE WITH AGE IF CARED FOR CORRECTLY.

 

 

Cashmere Goats

Cashmere is a rare and precious fibre with extraordinary traits, which is obtained exclusively from the fleece of the Hircus goat, native to the mountainous regions of Asia and now present mainly Mongolia, Iran and Afghanistan.

In order for the Hircus goat to survive in a hostile environment, with bitterly cold winters and torrid summers, it developed beneath its coarser outer coat an underfleece called "down", which we know as Cashmere. This incredibly light, soft and fine fiber that measures around 14-15 microns (thousandths of a millimetre) has an extremely elevated capability of maintaining thermal insulation against both cold and hot climates. This in turn makes Cashmere a precious fibre due to the small quantity of down the goat produces each year, which is approximately 150-200 grams.