Caring for your Pashmina

If you look after your Pashmina, it can last a lifetime. Because our Pashmina are made from the finest quality cashmere and silk you needn’t worry about creases and scrunching. In fact, you will discover that the longer you own your Pashmina the softer and more crease free it will become.

We recommend you professionally dry-clean your Pashmina.  Alternatively, you may wash by hand or machine-wash using delicate/wool cycle.

To hand wash:

Mix a mild wool detergent specially made for delicate items in cold/lukewarm water. Slight fulling is called for as the raised nap of your Pashmina is weighed down by water. This is best done with an old style washing board, but be very gentle. The Pashmina should then be rolled into a towel to press out excess water and then laid flat to dry to avoid creases. Gently stretch your Pashmina into its original shape and allow it to air-dry completely. If you wish to give your Pashmina a plush, soft texture, use a very soft brush to tease the raised nap of the fabric (see Fulling below).

Smoothing

It is possible to remove the little bobbles - the pills - that naturally form on cashmere goods with use. This can be achieved safely with the use of a special stone.

Removing creases

To remove creases from your Pashmina either steam press or carefully iron with the added protection of a pressing cloth. However if it becomes badly wrinkled we advise having your Pashmina dry-cleaned so as not to lose the vitality of the fabric. Do not put your Pashmina in a tumble dryer.

Soaps and detergents for cleaning cashmere

Beware of soap! If you are unlucky and your Pashmina gets a stain, do not scrub with soap as the alkaline pH value of soap can do permanent fluffed-up damage.

Fulling cashmere

Fulling is the process of fluffing up your garment to create the raised nap of the fabric. Excessive fulling of delicate fabrics such as cashmere, wool and silk can ruin them, usually by excessive pulling, soaking, scrubbing and general abrasive behaviour of the common washing machine. A certain degree of fulling however is preferable to keep your Pashmina in beautiful condition. Slight fulling also ensures a warmer and softer Pashmina. This is a good Pashmina care technique.

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