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Cashmere Blankets and Throws

A Cashmere blanket or throw makes an undeniably luxurious addition to any home or dwelling space. Available in many colors and sizes, cashmere blankets and throws also make wonderful gifts. A cashmere blanket is a wonderful treasure that you or the person you give it to will cherish for years to come.

What is cashmere?

Cashmere is a type of wool that comes from the hair of cashmere goats and other types of goats. Most cashmere is produced in China, but it is also produced in Mongolia, Afghanistan, and other countries in Central Asia. To produce the wool known as “cashmere,” the hair is removed from cashmere goats during the spring when they shed, and then the wool is separated into two groups - the long coarse guard hair and the soft down hair. It is the soft down hair that is used to make soft and luxurious cashmere products.

How to hand wash a cashmere blanket?

To ensure the longevity of your cashmere blanket or throw, you should wash your cashmere by hand. Be sure to use a cleanser for delicate, soft fabrics. The best way to wash cashmere wool is to fill a sink or basin with cold water, add a few drops of cleanser, and then gently add your cashmere blanket to the water. Let your cashmere blanket soak for about ten minutes. You might have to squeeze your cashmere blanket gently to help it absorb water because animal fibers like Ccshmere contain naturally occurring oils which make them water resistant.

After soaking your blanket, remove it from the water and refill your sink or basin with fresh water. Put your cashmere throw into the fresh water and gently squeeze to remove the cleanser from the blanket. After rinsing your blanket, you should remove it from the water and then gently squeeze it to remove excess water. To dry your cashmere blanket, you should roll it up in one or more towels and squeeze gently to remove additional water. Then unroll your cashmere blanket from the towels and lay it flat to dry completely.

What are other options for washing a cashmere throw blanket?

You may be able to machine wash your cashmere throw blanket. Read the label. If you cannot hand wash or machine wash your cashmere throw blanket, you can always take it to the dry cleaner.

What are some tips for buying cashmere throw blankets?

When buying cashmere throw blankets, there are some things to consider:

  • Percentage: Some cashmere throw blankets are made from 100 percent cashmere. Other cashmere throw blankets are made from a blend of cashmere and other fibers.
  • Style and color: Some Cashmere throw blankets have fringe while others do not. Some cashmere throw blankets come in bright colors, other cashmere throw blankets come in neutral colors.
  • Gifts: Consider the needs of the recipient when giving a cashmere throw blanket. If the person you want to give the cashmere throw blanket to lives in a small space, like an apartment or dorm room, you might want to give them a machine washable cashmere throw blanket because hand washing cashmere wool is more difficult in small spaces.
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