Cashmere is the fine undercoat fibres produced by cashmere goats (Capra hircus), an animal living in the Himalayas and mountainous regions of Kashmir, Asia. Due to the extremely cold winters the cashmere goat has developed an undercoat of remarkably thin hair fibres, which acts as an insulator and keeps the animal warm even at extremely low temperatures.
Properties that characterize clothes made of 100% cashmere is that they are:
- remarkably soft and comfortable to wear
- non-itching, as compared to al lot of other wool, and it may be worn directly onto bare skin, even for newborn babies
- warm and insulating when it's cold, whereas during high temperatures and summer the cashmere actually has a cooling effect
- softened even more over time. You may wash your cashmere garment and it gets even softer and more comfortable over time
Cashmere is collected during the spring moulting season when the goats naturally shed their winter coat. Everything is done manually, with no machines involved and it´s completely harmless to the goats.
Kashmina buys only the highest quality white cashmere - from Inner Mongolia. Our wool is tested (tests performed by the National Institute for Consumer Research (SIFO)) – to ensure the high quality. Garments are designed in Norway and produced in Hebei, northern China.
HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF MY CASHMERE?
Cashmere must be treated carefully. Instead of hangers, please store your cashmere folded. Cashmere rarely needs washing, however when it´s time, we recommend the following:
a) dry clean professionally or
b) machine wash at home. When washing at home, please apply your machine wool program, at 30 degrees with gentle wool-friendly detergent (avoid enzyme containing detergents). Centrifugation to a max of 600rpm. Fold out the garment onto a towel and dry flat. Never put your cashmere sweater on a hanger to dry because it will stretch and may loose it´s shape.
(You may also try gentle hand washing, but machine washing is in fact more gentle to your garment).
After the first wash, your garment will be even softer and even more comfortable than before - ENJOY!!
Make sure your washing detergent is a non-enzyme soap. We offer a natural detergent, that we are really happy about, it cleans the cashmere carefully with natural ingredients and has a nice sitrus fragrance.