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How to Care for Your Cashmere Shawl

Taking good care of your high quality cashmere shawl from ModaSac will prolong its life and let you enjoy its luxurious feel and style for a long time to come.

The best way to make sure cashmere garments last is to handle them carefully. Cashmere should be cared for like any other fine woolen. To keep shawls looking new, follow these steps:

Hand wash knits with cold water, using a fine washable soap. Woven garments should be dry cleaned.

Fold knitwear with tissue and store flat in a drawer; do not hang on hangers.

If for some reason you've wrinkled your shawl, don't wear it for 24 hours and the wrinkles will vanish.

Cashmere Shawls

Treat stains as quickly as possible - rinse immediately with cold water as hot water may set the stain. If the shawl gets wet, allow to dry away from direct heat, then brush with the nap.

If you need to store your shawl, clean it first and then fold and store your cashmere wrap in a chest or drawer. Moth crystals or spray will also help to protect the material from moths.

Where Cashmere Comes From and other Interesting Facts

Other than the fact that cashmere feels wonderful, is luxuriously soft, and looks great, most people don't know much about it. Here are some facts about cashmere:

Classification: Specialty hair fiber.

Source: The Cashmere (Kashmir) or down goat. From the fine, soft undercoat or underlayer of hair. The straighter and coarser outer coat is called guard hair.

Geographic Origin: From the high plateaus of Asia.

Significant supplier countries are: China, Mongolia and Tibet. Today, little is supplied by the Kashmir Province India, from which its name is derived. The cashmere products of this area first attracted the attention of Europeans in the early 1800s.

Gathering Process: The specialty animal hair fibers are collected during molting seasons when the animals naturally shed their hairs. Goats molt during a several-week period in spring. In China and Mongolia, the down is removed by hand with a coarse comb. The animals are sheared in Iran, Afghanistan, New Zealand and Australia.

Production The coarse hairs and down hairs of the cashmere goat are separated by a mechanical process known as dehairing.

Annual Yield: Up to one pound of fiber per goat, with the average 4 to 6 ounces of underdown.

Warmth: Natural light-weight insulation without bulk. Extremely warm to protect goats from cold mountain temperatures. Fibers are highly adaptable and are easily constructed into fine or thick yarns, and light to heavy-weight fabrics. Appropriate for all climates. A high moisture content allows insulation properties to change with the relative humidity in the air.

Hand: Luxuriously soft, with high napability and loft.

Natural Colors: Gray, brown and white.

Dyeability: Capable of dyeing to a broad range of colors. Accepts dye equally as well as wool.

SOURCE: Cashmere & Camel Hair Manufacturers Institute

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