The Origins

cashmere origins

Annada sources the finest cashmere to provide luxurious warmth. Known for being one of the most luxurious fabrics.  

The luxurious fabric gets its name from Kashmir; being sourced from specific goats that live in this land nestled between Pakistan and China. It is made from the underbelly of the indigenous cashmere goat, and can only be collected in spring, making the wool seasonally rare. The cashmere is produced by separating and sorting each hair strand individually by hand. It takes a single laborer months to prepare cashmere wool to make a single apparel item with the utmost care and skill.

 

The Properties

  • Cashmere is said to keep you 3 times warmer than regular sheep's wool.
  • Cashmere is hypoallergenic, and lacks lanolin, this allows for it to be produced without harsh chemicals in washing, making it an environmentally friendly fabric. 
  • Cashmere doesn’t stretch or fade, making it the perfect warm fabric while maintaining the brightness and brilliance of each Annada artwork. When cared for properly,  it will retain its shape for a lifetime.

 

Caring For Your Cashmere Scarf
  • Do not wash or launder after every wear.
  • Ignore the label: many labels recommend dry cleaning a cashmere product. This is fine on occasion however not recommended. The chemicals used during this process break down the fineness of the fibers and can reduce luster.
  • Shave when necessary to avoid pilling (this is most common with new cashmere due to friction in certain areas). You may take a shaving blade and gently stroke the surface of the fabric where you may find pilling due to friction in a single direction. This is most common in cashmere sweaters, however, is not necessary to maintain a scarf.
  • Hand wash in cold water with mild detergent, soaking it for 20 mins will bring back its fluffiness. Regular detergent is too harsh for cashmere, try a baby shampoo, or a biodegradable gentle wool wash instead.
  • Do not add fabric softener, it has the opposite effect. Cashmere gets softer over time naturally.
  • Drying:  Do not ring out your cashmere, or hang to dry. You may gently press your fabric to get rid of excess water or place it on a dry towel to absorb the excess water. Cashmere is at it’s most delicate when wet, laying it flat will ensure the shape is retained, patience is key. 
  • If you must, only use a steamer to smooth out wrinkles against a flat surface, like an ironing board. Do not use an iron on your cashmere.
  • Fold to store, do not hang once dry.
  • If not in use due to seasonality - store in an airtight sealed pack with wood chips to avoid moths.

 

Styling Your Annada Cashmere Scarf 
 

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