All extreme cashmere garments are made of carefully
selected wool from cashmere goats that live in mountainous area’s in the Chinese region oInner Mongolia. A soft undercoat on their abdomen and
neck provide them with some much-needed protection during the extremely cold
winters. In late spring, when the temperatures are rising, the goats moult. The
process of collecting the loose cashmere fibres from their thick pelt, called
harvesting, is done by combing.
After harvesting, the fibres are sorted according to length. In order to produce high-quality cashmere, extreme cashmere solely uses the longest available fibres. They make into stronger, long-lasting knits. Next to the production of cashmere in various dyed colours, undyed cashmere is used for the colours cream and oat.
extreme cashmere produces its garments in factories that comply with the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BCSI).
To retain its quality for a long time, cashmere requires some special care. Cashmere loves water. Wash it regularly in a quality washing machine on a wool programme (30°c, 600rpm), using wool detergent or baby shampoo and no softener. Put each garment in a separate washing bag or pillow case. Do not run a cycle with more than three garments at once.
After washing, dry the garment flat on a towel. Iron at low temperature, using a thin cloth between the iron and the cashmere. Store the garment folded in a drawer or on a shelf.
Cashmere garments are made from natural fibres that are prone to pill. Pills are the small fuzzballs that occur on the surface of the garment, due to friction. Some people cause more pilling while wearing cashmere than others. Deeply dyed cashmere like bright red tend to pill more than colours that don’t need much dye.
extreme cashmere aims
to reduce pilling to a minimum by the sole use of long fibres and tight
knitting tensions. If pilling does occur, washing and ironing the garment will
help ease the fibres and get them back into place. If necessary, using a
cashmere comb will remove any remaining pills.
Tip: after wearing cashmere for a day it is best to let it rest for two days subsequently. This will help the fibres recuperate.