Continue reading to discover the five fascinating qualities that make a piece of cashmere knitwear the perfect wardrobe addition.
Cashmere is eight times warmer than sheep’s wool which make it perfect for trapping heat and maintaining body temperature. Worn by polar explorers in the British Antarctic Expedition of 1910-3, cashmere is a luxury fibre that has been used for its insulating properties in the most extreme climate conditions. If you’re faced with unpredictable weather, a piece of cashmere knitwear is the ideal companion.
With a simple, yet important wash care routine, when looked after, cashmere is an incredibly resilient and durable fibre. It has a natural amount of stretch and so will retain its original shape for longer. By using 100% natural fibre cashmere and never mixing with synthetics, your Paul James Knitwear piece will keep its strength, flexibility, and high-quality feel.
Only fibres combed from the underbelly of the cashmere goat are used in the spinning process. The diameter of these fibres is incredibly small (14-18 microns vs the standard 30) which results in a luxuriously soft and delicate surface texture. Your cashmere will move with your body and so fibres will not irritate, even for those with sensitive skin. Cashmere also has naturally occurring insulation properties and so you’ll be comfortable and warm, without the risk of overheating.
Due to the short, ultra- fine fibres of cashmere, pilling will occur. This is where friction causes the shorter fibres to collect at the surface of the knit. Unlike other yarns and blends however, luxury cashmere pilling will subside after a couple of wears. Pilling can be easily removed with a knitwear comb and avoiding hard washing, instead opting for a quick freshen up, will keep your cashmere looking brighter for longer.
Unlike dense, bulkier yarns, cashmere contains all the warmth and insulation of your heavyweight winter jumper but is lightweight enough to layer under your outerwear. This makes it perfect for ultra-cold climates or when weather may change at short notice.