Guide To Cashmere
The worlds best cashmere comes from the Gobi Desert of Mongolia, so naturally, this is where our cashmere comes from. If you have ever bought or felt a piece of the real thing, you will know how incredibly soft it is to touch, and both highly insulating and breathable at the same time. Because of it’s long fibers (up to 50mm long) and extremely thin (14-19 microns, compared to human hair that is around 100 microns). We only use 100% Grade A Cashmere, that are then processed and skillfully crafted into timeless, durable cashmere products from our knitting partners. Care for it, and it can last for a long time.
Quality cashmere comes form the underbelly of the goats, and is called Grade A. It’s collected once every year, in spring, when the weather turns warm. The process is carried out by hand to ensure the cashmere is purer, and to minimize guard hairs (lower quality cashmere can be collected through shearing, and by using fibers from other parts than the underbelly).
After sorting and washing, it’s spun into threads. The threads can be twisted to create thicker threads (ply), meaning that a 1-ply is a single thread, where’s a 2-ply is two threads twisted together in the spinning process. The higher the Ply (amounts of threads twisted together) the thicker and more durable the threads become. It also decreases pilling.
The closeness of the knit is indicated with a gauge number, where the higher the number is the thinner and lighter the fabric becomes. Meaning that a 14-gauge fabric will be lighter, and use less cashmere yarn in the knitting process. The lower the gauge is, the thicker and more dense the fabric becomes.
Most of the time, just hanging it out in the fresh air for a while will do the trick, but for whenever you need to clean your cashmere product properly, use delicate/wool&cashmere detergents, your washing machines wool program, 30 degrees max, short washing and no centrifuge or tumble drying. Then lay it out on a bath towel on a flat surface and let it dry, letting the towel absorb all of the water. Make sure to not stretch it.
You can also wash cashmere by hand, just make sure to use the delicate/wool&cashmere detergent and maximum 30 degrees, then gently let it swirl for a while, and make sure to avoid wringing or stretching.
The higher the quality of the cashmere is (longer fibers), the less pilling there will be, but all cashmere products will eventually start pilling, it’s a natural process caused by friction. To remove pilling, by a cashmere comb, it will quickly and easily remove any occurrence of pilling.