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Cashmere is a luxuriously soft fabric that everyone loves, especially in the cooler months.  We love to slip on a cozy sweater when it is cold outside (or even bring a soft wrap for cool summer nights).  

"Cashmere fiber provides a natural light-weight insulation without bulk. Cashmere fibers are highly adaptable and are easily constructed into fine or thick yarns, and light to heavy-weight fabrics. Due to the fiber fineness and scale structure cashmere is very soft to the touch." 
(via: keep the fleece)
The Kashmir goat is responsible for Cashmere

Kashmir GoatsWhen you treat cashmere delicately you can easily update the colour with fabric dye. Results may vary for projects depending on the dyeing technique, so we always suggest using the hand dyeing method when possible (If you are nervous, practice the hand dyeing method on a test garment).

Turn a white sweater Tan Beige:

Cashmere dyed sweater

Or try Midnight Blue...

Or mix a custom colour to match your mood...

Tips to Hand Dye Cashmere

Reduce shrinkage: make an outline of the garment before dyeing 

Mix Dyeing Solution: dissolve required amount of dye in hot water *always check garment care label to know how hot water can be (some garments can only tolerate slightly warm water, Tintex works best with the hottest water a garment can tolerate)

Dyeing: add the clean wet garment to enough water, so it moves freely and is completely covered 

Cool Down: allow garment to cool in dye bath until lukewarm, stir constantly (but avoid twisting) for at least 30 minutes 

Rinsing: rinse in lukewarm water and cold water, until water is clear (you could drain and then refill with clean water if using a sink) 

Squeeze Gently: remove as much water as possible (don't wring or twist). If needed, you could blot garment with a old dark towel: roll garment and towel together while pressing down gently (the towel will help absorb excess water). Repeat if necessary.

Dry: lay garment flat after matching pre-dyeing outline 

Clean Up: clean container or sink using an appropriate cleanser, bleach and clean water.  There are many tips available to help you wash delicate cashmere garments.

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