I do not like wool, but I love cashmere.While I am a big bow about sweaters made of normal wool, because I would get a scratch on the body contact, I can not go past cashmere articles without sweeping over the velvety surface.I love the soft and supple feel of cashmere wool on my skin, so I now have five sweaters from Kashmir.What I also like about Kashmir is that sweaters and knitted accessories are wonderfully light and still keep them incredibly warm.As a conscious person, however, it is also important to me to know where the Kashmir wool really comes from and how it is won, because it is one of the most valuable natural fibers.
Cashmere: The origin of the wool
Cashmere wool is extracted from the underwear of cashmere goats.This type of goat comes originally from the Kashmir region of northern India, but is also found in Mongolia, China, Iran and the Central Asian highlands (Pamir).At a height of up to 5000 m it has its natural habitat.Due to the icy cold, the goat develops a very fine and dense undercoat, which is carefully combed by hand during the spring change of the animals.A shur is avoided as far as possible, so that the valuable undercoat does not mix with the coat hair.Approx. 100-150 g of wool are obtained per goat.This is not much, because for a sweater the annual production of up to four goats is needed.This also explains the price of cashmere products.However, large inventories of cashmere wool or the mixing of cashmere with other wool varieties (predominantly outside the German market) can lead to more favorable offers.The article must contain at least 85% cashmere wool in order to be able to obtain the term cashmere product.Only articles of the highest quality may bear the designation 100% cashmere.
Cashmere: That’s the right care
Since Kashmir is very sensitive, it needs special care. I’ve put together a few tips for you.
- Airing instead of frequent washing: Cashmere articles should not be washed too often.To keep them fresh, it is often enough to ventilate them overnight in the fresh air.
- Machine wash before hand wash: The wool program of the washing machine is ideal for the right laundry.Turn the garments to the left, use wool detergent, NEVER over 30 degrees and a low spin speed.Should be washed once by hand, then: lukewarm water, special detergent, do not leave too long in the water, rinse with cold water, roll into a towel and gently express.On a second towel carefully lay out to dry, avoid direct sunlight and avoid heating.
- Patchalarm: Stains should be avoided on Cashmere.If it does happen, do not try to smell the stain at all.A little liquid detergent or shampoo on the affected area and off into the next wash.
- Ironing only when it is necessary : Only in absolute cases should the iron be grasped and then best to steam iron.The direct contact of the cashmere wool with the iron is to be avoided, it suffices to dampen the clothing with a little distance.
- Please no pilling: Nodule formation at Cashmere is not a sign of poor quality, but a natural process of the yarn, which is produced by friction.The nodules can be easily removed by means of a cashmere.
- Storage: Cashmere articles are gladly on top, so they lie gladly on top on the clothes pile, so their hairs can not be pressed.In addition, you may like it cool and dark and look forward to a moth protection, because moths would leave any other woolen article left for Cashmere.
I hope I could give you a little insight into the subject of cashmere and if you have a desire to get a new nice sweater, scarf or even a 100% cashmere cap, check out here.