The Peeling effect of Cashmere
The peeling effect arises when “little balls” appear due to the rubbing of the tiny surface fibres that are shed by the yarn because they are not completely held in place by torsion.
It is often wrongly assumed that peeling is a sign of defective quality.
In reality, this is a common and completely normal feature of cashmere and fine wool.
In making a sweater in pure cashmere, compromises always have to be made: indeed, there is always the dilemma of making a choice between favouring the softness or tightening the yarn to prevent the release of those fibres that, with continuous use, cause peeling.
The more the yarn is twisted, the more closed it is, the less soft and fluffy it will become, to the point of resembling string. In contrast, the use of a fluffy, soft and light yarn, obtained with a few twists, will create a very delicate sweater that will soon be ruined. We prefer a medium/high level of twisting in order to favour the durability and stability of the garments, so that sometimes our sweaters will be soft but they will certainly become so, wash after wash, and any light peeling will completely disappear after 2 or 3 washes. The thinner the fibres are, the more they will tend to peel: a “Shetland” sweater (ordinary wool) will certainly have less problems than an extra-fine merino yarn or a cashmere.
Ways to reduce peeling to a minimum
Do not wear a sweater for more than 2/3 days at a time Wash it as often as possible, cashmere loves water! The goats live in difficult conditions, in the open air and often in the rain. The fibres, when wet, react by becoming looser whereas, when dry, they return to their original state. In this way, your cashmere sweater will be renewed every wash. Anything worn over knitwear garments should have a smooth surface, without any protruding labels or accessories. Care is recommended in daily habits, even the most ordinary: for example, avoid carrying a pen or rough objects in the pockets in order to avoid the phenomenon of peeling as much as possible. Our shape and behaviour have a determining influence on the duration of our sweaters.
To ensure the item retains its excellent quality, give it all the attention it needs.Wash the article gently in warm water at a maximum temperature of 30°C, after a rapid spin.Lay it horizontally to dry, placing a white towel inside in order to absorb any excess water
Turn the article inside out before gently ironing with a steam iron.
N.B: Some leaders are to be dry cleaned because they have genuine leather inserts.