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How to Wash Your Cashmere

Once you have got your hands on a luxuriously soft and cosy piece of cashmere, it is very important that you help it to stay that way.  At some stage your blanket or scarf is going to need a clean, and here we will help you navigate the challenging waters of laundering your cashmere so that you can continue to enjoy it for a long time to come.  Many cashmere labels will demand that you 'Dry Clean Only', and although dry cleaning will do the job, it is also perfectly possible to hand wash your cashmere yourself, as long as you take a little bit of care. Follow our tips below for the best chances of success -  First of...

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What is Cashmere?

One of the most common questions I get asked by my customers is - 'what exactly is cashmere?'.  Most people are vaguely aware that it is some kind of wool, but aren't quite so sure about what animal produces it, or what area of the world it normally comes from.  Cashmere is a wonderfully soft natural fibre that is obtained from the neck region of specific breeds of goat. It is finer, lighter and warmer than sheep's wool, making it the perfect material for our cosy scarves and blankets.  The name 'cashmere' comes from the old spelling of 'Kashmir', a region in northern India that is still famous for producing some of the finest and most expensive cashmere around.  Although...

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What is Kantha?

  The word ‘Kantha’ refers to a type of running stitch or embroidery, which is typical of the area that now constitutes the Bengal region of India and Bangadesh. Kantha stitching can be found on all sorts of things from cushion covers to handkerchiefs and bags.   Traditionally, the material to be kantha stitched was multiple layers of old clothing, like saris or dhotis. The fabric would be sewn together and then covered with an intricate pattern of embroidered motifs. This repurposing of old garments means that kantha items were often beautifully soft and strikingly coloured. The handmade nature of kantha work also means that each no two pieces will be exactly the same.     Outside of South Asia,...

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