Washing tips and answers to some frequently asked questions:
Why do cashmere loaf…
And are the bouloches a sign of poor quality…
How to wash cashmere…

Baking or pilling
From the cheapest to the most expensive, all cashmere will puff and puff. Expensive and long, or cheap and short, once spun and then knitted, these fibers have in common to be fragile and break easily.
The main causes are excessive friction, embrittlement by washing too hard or too hot…

In these cases, the fibers break in several parts that escape from the meshes and clump in small balls called «bouloches» or «pilling» in English. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Only one solution: wash your sweater well (see below) and once dry, remove the remaining bouloches by taking them between the thumb and the index finger. Are bouloches a sign of poor quality?

The difference between a beautiful and some kind of cashmere can be seen in the baking. A nice cashmere will puff at the beginning, a bad cashmere will puff all the time. When you remove the puffs from the beautiful cashmere… The beautiful long fibers remain, and if it is well maintained, there will be almost no short fibers to form the bouloches. The more you wash this beautiful product, the softer it will be and the more you will be proud of your good purchase.

“Cheap is expensive,” my great grandmother used to say.

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