Cashmere is notably the softest and warmest fabric most of us can afford. While it's a luxury yarn that requires a little extra TLC, we love to treat ourselves to a prize of cashmere when we can.
It's a unique item in your wardrobe for a reason. When it's a chilly fall day you're looking at the cashmere sweater. On a brisk winter night, you do the same. In the spring when it's not quite warm and not quite cold, you'll opt for cashmere. In the summer, you love the cool nights especially when you get to spend them in the comforts of your cashmere. It's hard to find a wardrobe companion as reliable as that. So what else makes cashmere so special?
Cashmere is a fine wool. How is it cultivated? Goats. Cashmere wouldn't be what it is without the light, warm, and strong fibers shorn from the underbelly of goats.
Cashmere has been combed through for coarse hairs extensively, so the price you pay is that extra guarantee that you will be in your most ideal comfort zone.
In theory, you're pretty much capable of climbing any mountain a goat can. (Believe in yourself!)
Cashmere wool is typically produced in Asia, specifically Inner Mongolia, Nepal, and Kashmir. Unfortunately, not all cashmere is of the highest quality so it's imperative to make sure you know where cashmere comes from. Lands' End gets its wool from Inner Mongolia.
Many people assume that cashmere ought to be cleaned at the dry cleaner (which is half-true) but it shouldn't be the go-to option.
Yes, in fact, the best way to revitalize your cashmere sweater is to hand wash it. When it comes to the washer and dryer, that is a big N-O. Cashmere is delicate and cannot be trusted with the rough and tumble settings of the average washing machine.
On the plus side, you won't have to clean your sweater every time you wear it. As a tip, don't wear cashmere when you know you'll be around mud or other messy situations. I know, it's a bummer, but no cashmere on the dirt bike.
Right off the bat, we'll strongly suggest you avoid putting your cashmere garments on hangers. Since it's a delicate fabric the weight of the sweater will stretch out the shoulders.
Pilling is one of those pet peeves that shouldn't bother us as much as it does, but for some reason, it's just one of those things that gets to us. We can do a number of things to prevent pilling.
We're used to packing sweaters and shirts in our suitcases, but often we're dealing with creases and wrinkles on the other end of the trip. Sometimes an iron or steamer is hard to find when abroad so the best way to pack cashmere for travel is to pack them last on top. Fold them in half with the arms in the back. The less friction they deal with, the better.