1. We recommend de-pilling cashmere before washing, then turn the garment inside out and wash by hand in lukewarm water followed by a cold rinse. To remove excess water, gently squeeze in a towel, then dry flat on a clothes horse. If machine washing, use a gentle setting and machine wash cold. A light steam will reshape the garment. If hanging, use one of our curved rubber hangers to help preserve the shape of the garment.
2. You cannot prevent cashmere from bobbling since it is friction during wear that causes this, however de bobbling machines are available to tackle this. You can also de-pill by hand or use a knitwear comb, by gently but firmly gliding the comb across the garment.
3. Cashmere is also known as Pashmina and it comes from Himalayan Mountain goats. The wool is incredibly soft, light, durable and not unlike silk. Cashmere provides superior warmth but without the weight of heavier woollen garments.
4. Store neatly folded cashmere in acid free tissue paper to prevent discolouration and use zipped, breathable storage bags. Popping an anti-moth sachet inside keeps the garments fragrant.
5. Do not wear cashmere too frequently. Allow the garment to rest for a few days and avoid wearing with or next to items that are likely to exacerbate pilling for example velcro, metal costume jewellery, bags or belts.
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