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Cashmere

"Cashmere stands for luxury."

When it comes to wool, cashmere is the crème de la crème. Cashmere stands for luxury. Cashmere goats have two coats of hair; an overcoat that is thick and flowing, with a superfine and shiny undercoat. Cashmere comes from the soft undercoat of the goat.

Our Mongolian cashmere starts in the Alashan Mountains of Inner Mongolia, where thousands of cashmere goats roam the arid mountainside. The goats are from the herd capra hircus and live in a pack alongside their farm family. Each spring, the farmers comb and collect their hair. These people clean, collect and sort the hair; using only the longest and strongest strands. Longer strands means you will have high quality hand feel and minimal pilling. The locks are then spun into yarn for weaving or knitting.

The best cashmere comes from the neck of the goat because that is where the hair is longest. Shorter staple fibers come from the bellies or behinds.

Terms you should know…

Gauge – the number of stitches and rows per inch. The higher the gauge, the lighter knit. (Ex: at 12GG there are 12 needle hooks per inch on the machine bed. 12GG would be used to knit a cardigan you could wear year-round while a 3GG sweater would be a thick, winter sweater).

Tension – how tightly the stitches are knit (Ex: looser tension will result in open, lofty stitches. With tighter tension, stitches will be compact and denser).

Plies – individual threads that are spun into a strand of yarn (Ex: 2 strands make up a “2-ply” yarn and 4 strands make up a “4-ply” yarn. The more strands, the thicker the yarn will be).

Distribution

Next, the yarn is distributed to factories where the Quinn sourcing team oversees production of the garments. Workers operate the machines that slowly and carefully knit each style.The goods are shipped to Los Angeles, CA and then transported by air, train or truck to our warehouse in Port Charlotte, FL and distributed to our retailers worldwide.

How to care for Cashmere...

This may be a hard pill to swallow, but pilling is inevitable. From cashmere to cotton and high-end garments to bargain-priced goods, pilling can happen on all garments no matter the content or price.

Woolight Dark detergent, but baby shampoo also works like a charm! Use lukewarm water and gently swirl your sweater around and don’t let it soak for too long (5 minutes, max). The trick is to lay out your sweater on a bath towel and gently roll the sweater in the towel, absorbing all the water in a cashmere sushi roll of sorts.

Hand wash knits with cold water, using a detergent suitable for wool/cashmere and silk. Never wring or twist. Gently press excess water out with towels. Dry on a flat service on a fresh, dry towel until thoroughly air-dried. Woven garments should be dry-cleaned.

How should I store my cashmere garments?

You should never store a dirty sweater, as this will attract moths. You should fold (not hang) your clean garments when you’re not using them; hanging will cause the sweater to grow and stretch out of shape. If storing your cashmere for a season, you should put your garments in a sealable bag and consider adding cedar blocks to freshen up your closet and fight moths.

Q&A

What is pilling?

The small balls of fluff that form on the surface of a garment

are known as pills.

Why does it happen?

With frequent use and exposure to friction, the hairs on the

surface of the garment will become tangled and form yarn balls. Longer yarn threads will take longer to pill than shorter strands.

How can I get rid of it?

You can get rid of pills by using the Quinn cashmere comb or by sending the garment to a dry cleaner to get them professionally removed.

How to use the comb:

  1. Lay the garment flat and gently pull the fabric taut.
  2. Use gentle, short and quick brush strokes until the pills are gone.

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