Deep in the recesses of your closet abide your long-lost sweaters. They have been waiting all year long. And among your various collection of lambswool and fleeces are your cashmeres. Pieces lovingly collected and cared for over the years. Pieces gratefully received from friends and family of Christmases past.
The luxury of cashmere is undeniable. The soft lightweight fibers are gathered from the goats indigenous to the high mountain plateaus of Asia. Combed from their undercoats just once a year in the spring, the material is then sorted by hand. It is "the scarcity of the fiber and the handwork required to convert that fiber into a luxurious garment [that contributes] to cashmere’s price." It is a garment for which you are making a lifetime investment.
And it's no wonder why we here at PV receive so many inquiries throughout the year on the proper care of your favorite cashmere pieces. Their unequaled warmth and weight comes at the price of your special attention!
Cashmere is best handwashed. Though drycleaning is a popular method, the chemical process is actually too harsh for the natural fibers and will dry them out. Start with a tub filled with lukewarm water. Add a few drops of baby shampoo and place your garment inside. Agitate the water gently, moving your sweater back and forth for a minute to release any impurities. Leave your garment to soak for at least half an hour. Rinse your sweater with clean water in the same manner as above and allow to dry flat on a towel. Cashmere should be worn 6-7 times between washings to prolong its wear.