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Truth In Cashmere - The Most Important Ingredient

Authenticity - when you see the Cashmere Made In ScotlandTM handtag, that's your guarantee of what we call Truth in Cashmere, the finest cashmere in the world. But sometimes the truth is surprising - shocking even. So we're here to debunk some of the well-established myths, along with recent ones.

Of course, it's no suprise there are lots of myths about cashmere when you consider its history of romance and opulence. The rarity of the fibre is only matched by the soft sensuality of its touch. But if cashmere is so rare, why is it that today it seems to be everywhere - and available at so many different prices? How can you determine true luxury quality?

Are You Getting The Right Fiber In Your Cashmere Diet?

Two cashmere sweaters sit side by side at a retailer. They appear to be the same colour and cut. The tags both show they're the same ply - but one costs more. What's the difference? The fibre that went into the yarn in the first place.

Cashmere goatAll cashmere fibre comes from the finest underhair beneath the thick exterior coat of the Cashmere goat living on the frigid plateaus of Mongolia and China - and it takes the underhair of at least 3 goats to create one sweater.  The rarity of this fibre, and the difficult conditions under which it is gathered, is one reason cashmere is so precious.  But Cashmere Made In ScotlandTM is rarer still.

You see, we will only accept a small fraction of the harvested raw fibre for processing - fibres that are a minimum of 34mm in length and a maximum thickness of 16.5 micron.  Yarn that is spun from fibre that falls short of these specifications will be weaker and will result in quick piling with wear.  After a season, a sweater made from such lesser yarn will tend to lose its shape.

You may hear some people say thread count is what's important.  And that may be true when you're buying sheets, but when it comes to cashmere, yarn count or  ply isn't what counts.  It's the integrity of the fibre you start with.  Anyone who tells you anything else is just spinning an inferior yarn.

We stand for Truth in Cashmere.  Thus, compromising on durability is not an option for us.  Obviously, because the fibre we start with is all the more precious.  Cashmere Made In ScotlandTM will cost more.  But it means you can depend on it to stand the test of time - and for a level of quality that defines true luxury.

All the cashmere we sell at ScotClans comes with a 'Cashmere Made In Scotland TM' hand tag.

 

Coming Clean About Caring For Cashmere

Cashmere Made In ScotlandTM is your guarantee of longevity and durability - but there's no question it does require just a little bit of extra care.  Simply follow these easy instructions and you'll have an item that will give you pleasure for years to come.

Hand wash in lukewarm water (35ºC/85ºF) using a quality shampoo or special cashmere shampoo.  Gently squeeze the suds through the garment taking care not to rub or ring the garment.

Rinse and squeeze in clean lukewarm water.

Dry flat ideally on a clean dry towel, away from any diect sources of heat such as radiators or sunlight.  Never under any circumstances, tumble dry.  When the garment is fully dry, press lightly with a cool iron if needed.

Follow these simple steps and you can be sure your items that are Cashmere Made In ScotlandTM will remain true to form.

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