The Cashmere and Camel Hair Manufacturers Institute defines cashmere as:
The fine (dehaired) undercoat fibers produced by a Cashmere goat (Capra hircus laniger). The Cashmere goat lives in Mongolia and Himalaya in 5000m Height. To cope with the cold weather, it produces these exceptional undercoat fibers. It is a luxurious yarn having unique characteristics:
- travel well and don’t wrinkle
- offer great insulation; is warm in the winter and cool in the spring, in air-conditioned buildings and cool summer evenings
- is long-lasting; it actually becomes softer with age and rarely pill after being worn and washed; should last a lifetime
These are some of the reasons, that makes cashmere yarn the most expensive natural fiber.
The best way to make sure cashmere garments last is to handle them carefully.
To keep them looking new, follow these steps:
- Hand wash knits with cold water, using a fine washable soap.
- Fold knitwear with tissue and store flat in a drawer; do not hang on hangers.
- Give garments a rest between wearings for at least 24 hours; wrinkles will vanish.
- Treat stains as quickly as possible; rinse immediately with cold water; hot water may set the stain. If garments get wet, allow to dry away from direct heat and then brush with the nap.
- At season’s end, clean and store garments in an uncrowded garment bag in a cool, dry place; fold knits and store in a chest or drawer; moth crystals or spray will help protect garments from moths.