Care of the garments.

Note by Giuseppe Martini

It is not difficult to preserve the beauty of the cashmere garments, but it is indispensable to take some precautions.

Washing

Wash by hand, in warm water at 30° C, using a small amount of specific detergent for wool and without leaving it steeping too long in soapy water. Washing and rinsing must be carried out quickly.

Drying

Wring out the garment without twisting it, wrapping the cashmere in a terry towel. Lay it out on a flat surface and far away from sources of heat and never in direct sunlight. The chemical products contained in detergents and the higher temperature of the water may cause felting of the cashmere.

Ironing

Iron the garment, preferably with a steam iron, without leaning the iron on the fabric and relying only on the steam.

Advice to avoid pilling

Pilling is a physical process which may occur on the surface of the garment and which can lead to the formation of little uneven balls of fibre called pills: little balls of wool on the garment. It is not an indication of poor quality of the cashmere: the phenomenon is caused by various factors, such as the mechanical stress of repeated rubbing, external pressure and the friction between the short fibres of the yarn. In order to avoid pilling, it is advisable to let the garment rest for at least 24 hours before wearing it a second time to avoid over-stressing the fibre. In particular, it is necessary to be careful of rather protruding and bulky labels on the garments that are worn over the cashmere, removing them in order to avoid rubbing and friction. In order to reduce pilling, the following instruments are useful: brush, razor blade or fabric shaver, to be used with caution in order to avoid tearing or piercing the garment.

At the end of the season, cashmere garments should be washed and, once thoroughly dry, placed in a storage bag and stored in a cool, dry place with good anti-moth protection.