All of our cashmere designs are made by talented craftspeople at one of the oldest mills in Scotland. If properly cared for, your Brora knit will stand the test of time, only becoming softer and more luxurious with age. Cashmere doesn’t need washing after every wear. Methods such as airing and gently combing your knitwear are often enough to keep them in top condition. When it does need washing, simply follow the steps below.
Soak garment in lukewarm water using Brora Cashmere Shampoo or a similar mild detergent. Squeeze suds gently through fabric—do not rub, wring or stretch the garment. Rinse thoroughly, but carefully, in clean lukewarm water.
Saturated garments should not be lifted before excess water has been gently squeezed out, as they may stretch. Smooth the garment back into its original shape & place flat on a towel; dry naturally away from direct heat such as radiators or sunlight. Do not tumble dry. When dry, press lightly with a cool iron.
Cashmere is one of the finest natural fibres in the world and requires a little more care and attention than products made from coarser wools. After wearing your new cashmere garment for the first few times you might find small balls of fibres forming on the surface. These small balls or “pills” are caused by some of the loose fibre tangling together as areas of your garment are rubbed during wear.
Pills can be easily removed by hand or by using our cashmere comb. You will find that, removing the pills in this way, the garment will actually consolidate and soften further. If cared for properly, your cashmere will maintain its original sumptuous quality.
Cashmere & Moths
Never put clothes away dirty; this attracts moths and makes it more likely for the female moths to find the perfect site for their eggs to hatch. Wash your cashmere with our special cashmere shampoo, and if you are thinking of storing your cashmere for the summer then do so in one of our zip storage bags in a clean cupboard until the next season.
Loop cedar balls around your hangers to keep the moths at bay. If you have ended up with holes in one of your favourites, don’t despair. We do hold yarn from the previous few seasons in all of our stores and can often match up the colour although you do have to darn it yourself - we couldn’t risk getting our enemy onto the mill floor!