Cashmere Facts

Can a Cashmere Sweater Be Put in a Washing Machine?
 
No, cashmere should not be put in the washing machine. 
Cashmere sweaters should be washed in a clean, large sink with cold water (washing in how water can shrink the fabric). Do not soak your sweaters for long in the tub. They become awfully heavy when they are filled with water. Wash  your cashmere garment with mild detergent or hair shampoo sweater. Hair shampoos are considered to be an ideal option. After press and gently squeeze the soapy water through your sweater. Avoid twisting the sweater hard. Keep your sweaters away from windows, direct sunlight and other heat sources
 
Can you steam your cashmere clothes?
 
Yes, you can steam your cashmere clothes.
 
What is cashmere made of?
 
It is famously luxurious because of the effort that goes into the manufacturing of the material; the wool is combed from the underbelly of the Capra Hircus goat, sometimes referred to as the Cashmere Goat. This particular breed of goat is only found at extremely high altitudes, famously in the Himalayas. 
 
Currently China is the largest manufacturer of cashmere in the world, where the sorting, spinning and weaving is all performed by hand – as hand woven scarves have a superior finish to their machine-produced counterparts.
 
 
How to wash cashmere?
 
Dry cleaning is not a good idea unless you need to get specific stains removed. Otherwise cashmere items should be washed in a clean, large sink with cold water (washing in how water can shrink the fabric). Do not soak your cashmere for long in the tub. They become awfully heavy when they are filled with water. Wash  your cashmere garment with mild detergent or hair shampoo sweater. Hair shampoos are considered to be an ideal option. After press and gently squeeze the soapy water through your sweater. Avoid twisting the sweater hard. Keep your sweaters away from windows, direct sunlight and other heat sources
 
 
Why is it so expensive?
 
Limited Production: With a global production of below 7000 metric tons, its production is much lower than regular sheep wool. The low rate of production is mainly because its production is limited to only a few areas where the cashmere goat can be bred. India, China and, some parts of Europe are the only places where cashmere wool is produced.
Labor Intensive: The look and feel of an cashmere garment depends extensively on the processing of the wool. It takes a lot of hard work right from sheering the goats to separating and sorting each hair strands individually by hand. It takes a skilled labor months to prepare wool for a single sweater. This necessity of skilled labor adds on to the overall cost of the products made from cashmere wool.
High Demand: Cashmere wool is extremely warm, light and soft and it has been in high demand ever since it was first discovered thousands of years ago. Today it's bought by designers and clothes manufacturers to make premium high quality winter wear. However, because of the low production they have to shell out big bucks to buy cashmere wool. So anything made from the wool also becomes expensive .
Season Specific: Cashmere goats are only sheered during their molting season in spring. The spring season provides a limited window of opportunity to sheer the hair and produce the wool. This further slows down the production process making the wool difficult to obtain. Due to this slow production rate, the wool manufacturers are only able to cater to clients offering most money.
High Transport Cost: Cashmere wool is used by clothes manufacturers from all over the world and are usually not found locally . So cashmere wool being the raw material has to be imported into the country. The transport cost and import duties involved for obtaining the scarce wool further adds on to the cost of any product made from it.

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