Originating in the mountains of Mongolia, Jigsaw’s cashmere pieces are made from 100% pure cashmere yarn, the delicate fibre spun from the inner fleece of the cashmere goat. Coming from hair as opposed to wool, it is one of the finest, lightest and softest natural fibres known to man. Lending itself well to everyday luxury while remaining incredibly lightweight and warm, it’s a real investment piece for the transition into cooler months.
But, nothing is more irritating than feeling like your cashmere sweater has seen better days after a long winter of wearing. Pilling, shrinkage and moths can be the end of your softest knitwear. With a little love and attention, you can ensure your cashmere remains a luxurious wardrobe staple, enjoyed for many years to come…
In general, any knit can appear past its prime when covered in small balls of fuzz, caused from friction of wear. But, what most people don’t understand is that it can take seconds to bring it back to life and looking as good as new.
Use a de-pilling comb to lightly brush the affected areas in the direction of the knit, or de-pill by hand. This is actually quite a satisfying ritual each season that makes a huge difference. This, after every couple of wears, together with regular hand washing (see below), will keep the fibres silky soft for longer.
Some cashmere items are dry clean only, but in most cases you can wash your knits at home by hand. Regular hand washing will keep your new knits fresh and fluffy. An insider tip is to use non-biological liquid detergent suitable for wool or silk to clean with for a super soft finish. Always wash very carefully in cool water.
The drying is almost as important. Reshape while damp (making sure buttons are done up and sleeves and hems are straight) and never wring water out of your cashmere as it misshapes the delicate fibres. A little patience is needed here – gently squeeze each section. Hanging on a hanger while wet will cause your cashmere to become misshaped so place flat on a clean towel in a well ventilated room away from direct heat such as radiators or sunlight and allow to dry naturally. Do not tumble dry.
Cashmere is one of the softest fibres known to man, but it’s also the most succulent to our wardrobe raiding enemies. It doesn’t matter how well you wash and de-pill your cashmere if you aren’t properly stowing it away from moths. The best option is to ensure your clean garments are always stored away; keep in breathable zip-up garment bags between wears and pack your knits in airtight plastic bags between seasons.
Placing a lavender bag or hanging some rosemary will further deter the moths and be mindful to go back and check your jumpers aren’t being eaten. If you do find small holes and suspect it could be moths, put your garment in the freezer to kill any insects and ensure the holes stop there.
By Kate Goudsmit