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Tips on Taking Care of Cashmere

March 30, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

Both durable and practical cashmere is one of the most luxurious cold weather materials. In order to keep it in excelent condition and enjoy its durability cashmere needs to be taken care of properly. We piled together a bunch of useful tips that will come in handy when properly cleaning and storing your cashmere garments.

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How to Care for Your Cashmere

February 13, 2018 Tags: , , , 3 Comments

One of the most prized and luxurious of textiles, cashmere is loved the world over for its softness and beautiful look. And cashmere is not just elegant. It has excellent insulating properties whilst also being lightweight, which makes it great for layering or wearing for those occasions when you want something cosy but not bulky. Timeless, classic and effortlessly chic, cashmere remains one of the most exquisite fibres for clothes and home textiles. It’s not cheap, especially if you buy high quality, well sourced cashmere rather than inferior fast-fashion products. Which means it’s even more important to know how more about cashmere care.

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To keep your cashmere throws, sweaters, scarves and other garments looking and feeling their best, follow these simple guidelines:

1.Follow care instructions

Some cashmere garments will be dry clean only, but many can be successfully hand washed. Check each item’s individual care instructions before you embark on cleaning.

2.For hand washing cashmere

Large items like cashmere throws can be spot cleaned by dabbing the affected area with a wet cloth soaked in gentle detergent, and repeating with a clean wet cloth to rinse. To hand wash a smaller garment, first turn it inside out, then place in a clean tub filled with a solution of gentle wool detergent and cool water. Baby shampoo is a great alternative if you can’t get a specialist laundry detergent. Submerge the garment in the water and gently squeeze. Don’t rub as this can cause shrinkage. Soak for up to 10 minutes if necessary. Then simply rinse in clean, cool water until no more soap suds are visible.

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3.Dry flat

Once your garment has been washed it is essential to dry it correctly. Firstly, lay it on a clean towel and roll up along the shortest width of the towel. Press the water out – make sure you don’t wring. Some people use a salad spinner to get rid of excess water. Once all the excess liquid has been removed, lay the item flat on a dry towel and air dry, out of direct sunlight.

4. Storing cashmere

Be patient – cashmere can take a long time to dry, but it’s important that it is completely dry before you try to store it in order to prevent damage and moths. Fold it carefully and avoid folding along prominent areas in case you create a visible line. Use tissue paper if you are storing your cashmere away for some time. Place into a sealed storage bag to keep moths out, and use cedar balls or homemade moth repellant bags to be extra safe. Store flat, rather than hanging, which can distort the shape of cashmere garments.

5.Removing pilling

A lint roller or wool comb will get rid of pilling. These nobbly bits are common with cashmere, and not necessarily only in cheaper yarns. It’s just an unfortunate characteristic of this yarn. Use combs sparingly to avoid making holes or weakening the fibres too much. If you are unlucky enough to find a hole, send your precious cashmere to be repaired as a cheaper and more sustainable alternative to replacing it.

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Cashmere: A story of luxury

June 7, 2017 Tags: , , , , 5 Comments

For many of us cashmere wool has become synonymous with status and luxury. From classic wardrobe staples like a cashmere cardigan to wackier incarnations like Narciso Rodriguez’s 1990’s cashmere-covered Birkenstocks and Toast’s cashmere espadrilles, this versatile wool has kept us in style, and cosy, for years. In this post we unpick the story of this fabulous fibre.

History of cashmere

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Cashmere originated in the mountains of Inner Mongolia, China, Iran, Turkey and Afghanistan, where the Capra Hircus goats have roamed for centuries. As early as the 14th Century people were using the fleece of these goats to make warm blankets and garments to help them through the punishing Himalayan winters. In the 18th Century, with the growth of the British Empire and the expansion of world trade routes, cashmere was exported across Europe and the Americas. It became very popular with aristocratic women, who loved its softness and warmth and wore cashmere shoulder shawls as the height of fashion and good taste. The Industrial Revolution saw a great expansion in the production of cashmere, with centres of production growing in France, Italy and Scotland. Cashmere’s popularity then dipped until the 1980s when designers began using the wool in exclusive, luxury garments. It became a symbol of wealth and high fashion, but has now found its way onto the high street with stores mixing it with lower quality fibres to keep prices down. The proliferation of cheaper cashmere has meant more people have access to its super soft cosiness, but has also meant quality is not always maintained.

How is cashmere produced?

Domestic goats are shorn or combed to collect the fine fibres, but wild goats are also a valuable source of this wool, leaving clumps to be collected during the moulting season when they rub themselves on trees and rocks to shed their coats for summer. Once the wool has been gathered it is scoured or washed to remove any dirt, dried and then de-haired (separating the main coat from the cashmere hair). Usually only about 20% of what is gathered can be classed as true cashmere. This is then dyed, spun, knitted or woven.

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Why is cashmere so expensive?

It’s a simple matter of supply and demand: it can take up to four years for a goat to produce enough cashmere wool to make one sweater. The fact that it is so time-consuming to produce means its value is increased. But it’s not just this that makes cashmere such a pricey fabric. The fibres are longer, finer, stronger and more isothermal than sheep wool, making it an ideal choice for clothes and blankets. Its melting softness adds to its appeal, with people willing to pay more for a garment that will offer them greater comfort.

How to wash cashmere

Always follow the care instructions on your garment, but most good quality cashmere can be washed in cold water (below 30 degrees) on a delicate cycle or by hand. Use a mesh bag to protect the wool if washing in a machine. Lay the item flat on a towel to dry to keep its shape and prevent stretching. Never tumble dry (unless you want your precious cashmere sweater to end up as a tiny doll’s dress!).

Cashmere throw

With such a prestigious heritage, and being so hard-to-come-by it’s no wonder that cashmere remains a luxury fabric. Our cashmere throws will bring this simple opulence into your home in an understated way, keeping you and your loved ones warm and cosy as well as looking exquisite.

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Mohair vs. Cashmere – Which One is Better for You?

July 17, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

With these chilly summer afternoons most of us start looking for new ways to keep ourselves warm. With warm water bottles and wool socks quickly going out of style one of the best ways to stay warm is a cosy wool throw or a blanket. With the huge variety of throws to choose from it might be a challenge to find the one that is just perfect for you. Today we are going to answer two questions: what is mohair throw and what is cashmere throw. Read on to find out the unique qualities of these two fibres.

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Mix & Match – Natural Fabrics that Go Together Really Well

March 25, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

With the season of late night walks and afternoon teas in the park finally here the biggest dilemma is what to wear and how to make yourself feel warm and cosy. To ease things for your we have prepared a list of great natural fabric combinations that not only look great together but will make you feel cosy and great as well.

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Wool Throw Types and Benefits of Choosing Them

October 24, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

With winter just around the corner and the cold weather approaching faster and faster each day, everyone starts thinking about warmer clothes and cosy candle-lit atmosphere. One of the most trendy and all in all great choices for warming yourself up in the autumn is wool throws.

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