What is Cashmere?
Cashmere is the down of the Capra Hircus goat, which is found at elevations of 14,000 feet and above, where temperatures rarely rise above minus 30 degrees centigrade in winter. Cashmere is the goat’s soft underbelly down, which lies under the coarse outer hair. Each goat produces only about 3 ounces or 90 grams of cashmere each year. The Capra Hircus goat is found in the high plateau regions of Kashmir, Nepal and the central plains of Inner Mongolia.
What is Pashmina?
Learn more in our Pashmina FAQ.
What are the different grades of cashmere?
Cashmere is available in several grades, including “Grade-A”, “Grade-B” and so on. We offer only the highest quality cashmere products made with “Grade-A”; cashmere. The best grade of cashmere is 14-15.5 microns in diameter and all the pashmina and cashmere products that we offer are made with this very fine grade of cashmere.
How many ply’s are your cashmere products?
Ply’s are strands of yarn twisted together to make one piece of yarn. Two-ply is thicker than one-ply, and so on. Our products are offered in the following ply’s:
3 and 4 ply
3 and 4 ply
Sweaters & Cardigans
Blankets & Overcoats
Hats, Gloves & Socks
Where are your cashmere products made?
- All pashmina items, cashmere sweaters, shawls, robes and blankets are made in Nepal.
- Cashmere hats, gloves, socks, slippers, coats, jackets and travel sets are made in China.
- Cashmere throws and scarves are made both in Nepal and China.
Where can I view the colors offered?
How do I select the correct size?
Please see our sizing guide.
How do I care for my cashmere products?
We recommend dry cleaning for all cashmere and pashmina items.
How to wash your Cashmere Garments
If you do opt for washing your cashmere items at home, please follow these instructions (cashmere coats, jackets and pants should never be washed at home):
- Hand wash in lukewarm water using your hair shampoo. Be sure to dissolve the shampoo thoroughly then put the sweater into water. Rinse with hair conditioner, this would make your cashmere sweater softer. Wash colored garments separately.
- Do not bleach.
- Squeeze gently, do not twist or wring. Twisting the wet sweater would stretch the shape of your sweater.
- Dry flat after removing excess water, away from direct heat and sunlight.
- Press with damp cloth, using a cool iron, iron from the inside of the garment.
How to store your Cashmere Garments
- Before storing your precious cashmere garments in basements or attics, check carefully for leaks, dampness and sunlight.
- Fold clothes or pack them neatly in tissue paper or plastic bag and store them in a closet away from light, dust and dampness.
- Cleaning before storage is recommended, as fresh stains that may not yet be visible will oxidize and become fixed during storage; they may also be the food for moths. Moths have a discerning palate; they feast only on natural fabrics. Mothballs (naphthalene) and cedar chips are standard protection from moth infestation of woollens.
- To store a pure cashmere sweater during summer, the most important thing is to keep moisture away, so please do not store your cashmere sweaters in a damp place. A well-sealed plastic storage box (available in most stores) is good enough (a see-through one is better as you can notice that if there is any moisture inside). Make sure the box is dry before you put sweaters in.
- To keep moths away, the first thing to make sure is that the sweater is clean before long-time storage. Pay close attention to any food stains as moths are particularly attracted to our normal food proteins and cooking oils. Those moth proofing products are helpful, or simply spray some perfume on a piece of paper and put the paper next to your sweater inside the box.
Additional Care Tips for Cashmere Garments
To keep your cashmere garments always clean and beautiful, here are some basic rules to follow:
- Do not wear the same garment too frequently. Allow the garment two or three days’; rest after a day’;s wearing.
- A silk or pashmina scarf goes well with cashmere tops and cardigans. Used between your cashmere top/cardigan and your neck, a scarf will also prevent powder or other cosmetics stains.
- Do not wear a cashmere garment next to rough clothing, metal necklaces, bracelets, belts and rough leather items such as crocodile leather bags. Dress up your cashmere with a silk scarf and pearl accessories instead of accessories with a rough surface.
- Pilling is caused by abrasion during regular use. It often develops around elbows, on the seat of skirts, and in areas rubbed by a bag or briefcase, even a seat belt. Soft, fuzzy surfaces are more susceptible than others. So for cashmere products, some pilling is normal after repeated usage.
- To avoid pilling, it is important not to allow the cashmere garment to rub against rough clothing, metal accessories, bags and belts.
To remove pills, please do one of the following:
Step 1: Buy a plastic de-pilling comb, designed for this purpose, at a fabric or drug store (Evercare brand available at most drugstores for $3 to $5). This comb is much smaller than any hair comb you could find, and it has stiff, tiny teeth about 1/8 inch (3 mm) long.
Step 2: Lay the clothing or blanket on a flat surface.
Step 3: Hold the fabric taut with one hand. With the comb in the other hand, use a brisk but gentle stroke to remove the fuzz.
Step 4: Repeat as often as necessary.
Use a battery-operated fabric shaver. You can buy these for between $6 and $20.