Cashmere comes from the fine, soft undercoat or under layer of the Kashmir goat's hair. Though lightweight and luxuriously soft, this material is extremely warm with the purpose of protecting the goats from the cold mountain temperatures. High moisture content allows insulation properties to change with the relative humidity in the air. In turn, cashmere's natural lightweight insulation without bulk is appropriate for all climates.
Baby CZ by Carolina Zapf cashmere originates in the high plateaus of Mongolia. The delicate material is removed from the goat by hand with a coarse comb, and up to one pound of material is yielded per goat. Baby CZ's pure virgin cashmere is dyed, spun into yarns and knit into layettes, hats, sweaters, and blankets.
Knit cashmere should be hand washed with cold water and fine soap, never use bleach on cashmere products. After washing, lay flat to dry, never put a cashmere garment into a dryer.
Woven garments should be dry-cleaned. Stains on cashmere should be treated immediately. Rinse stains with cold water only, hot water can cause the stain to set. When cashmere gets wet, be sure to dry away from direct heat and once dry, brush with the nap. At the end of the season, be sure to properly clean all garments, and store them in roomy garment bags in a dry, cool area. Knits should be folded and stored flat in a drawer.