Cashmere: to have and to hold

Precious fibres are a luxury to own. Their texture is unsurpassed, even pitted against the most technical of synthetics. Breathable, warm, and soft, animal-derived fabrics win every time. A woven cashmere scarf is subtle enough to compliment any look with graceful ease and if cared for properly, it will reward you with a lifetime of use. As the saying goes, things of quality have no fear of time.

We've compiled the simplest of instructions to help you care for your cashmere at home.

Hand wash always, by soaking your item in lukewarm soapy water for 30 minutes. Once it's ready to rinse, place it directly under the tap and turn it on, allowing the room temperature water to gradually wash away the soap until it runs clear.

Press to dry, and never wring or twist wet cashmere, as this is a sure fire way to stretch the fibres out of wack. Lie it flat or on a drying rack away from direct sunlight.

Towel it down, if you’re in a hurry. Simply lay your cashmere onto a towel and roll it up to remove excess water and speed up the drying process.

Fold, don’t hang, as this will maintain the shape and ensure it doesn’t stretch unevenly.

Less is more, when it comes to washing. Resist the temptation to wash your cashmere every time you use it. A couple of times a season is all it needs.

Invest in cedar wood, to ward off moths and their spawn from chewing holes in your precious knits. They work by disguising the smell of the cashmere that naturally invites moths to lay their eggs in it. Any storage store should have its own version.