Cashmere Cardigan, Azalea
Fashion with a mission now comes true also in creating fair jobs for Nepalese women. Our Cashmere collection is made in Nepal following the principles of Fair Trade.
The stylish, high-quality and charmingly soft Cashmere Cardigan brings a touch of luxury in everyday life. The cardigan comes with long sleeves, deep V-neckline and cropped hem length. The Cashmere Cardigan is beautifully finished with elegant details like knit covered buttons. The cashmere wool blend is a wonderfully soft, lightweight and breathable material.
Every piece is knit to shape, which means there is no material waste.
- 30% cashmere 70% fine wool
- Sizes: XS-XL
- Manufactured ethically in Nepal
The model is 173 cm tall and wearing size S from the Cashmere Turtleneck.
SIZE & FIT
Cardigan is true to size. Compared to the Cashmere Turtleneck, Cardigans sleeve is more fitted. Use the chart below to find your size based on your body measurements.
CARE INSTRUCTIONS FOR CASHMERE KNITWEAR:
Cashmere is a luxurious and soft material but it is also delicate and needs good care. With proper care, it will last for years to come.
Information about the fibre
Cashmere wool is one of the warmest natural fibres. This is thanks to the fluffiness of the fibre, which creates small pockets of air that provide insulation. Because of this softness and fluffiness, cashmere knitwear pills easily. This is a feature though, not a flaw, and with good care the elegant look of your garment is restored. As the fibres set over time, the pilling will decrease.
Airing and washing
- Airing is good for all wool garments. Knitwear also benefits from rest between uses, so you should always air out your garment after use and only fold it away after a while.
- We recommend washing all Kaiko knitwear at 30 degrees Celsius, either by hand or on a wool/gentle cycle with similar colours.
- The choice of laundry detergent is important, as a regular detergent will wash off the wool's keratin and harden the fibres. We therefore recommend you use a wool detergent, Marseille soap or baby shampoo to wash your cashmere garments.
- When machine washing, it is important that you use a low spin speed. Do not tumble dry your cashmere garment.
- Washing your garment helps to set the fibres, so at least at first do wash your garment a few times to set the fibres and help stop pilling.
- You can use vinegar as a fabric softener for your garment, but the use of other fabric softeners is not recommended.
- Particularly when hand-washed, your garment will be soaking wet and difficult to lay to dry. To avoid stretching, you should not wring your garment. Instead, you can lay it on a towel, roll it up and squeeze excess water into the towel. Then you can unroll the towel and lay your garment flat to dry. Avoid direct sunlight when drying.
- All wool garments can be shaped when damp: for example if the sleeves seem a little short or the hem a little loose, you can gently stretch or press them to the desired shape.
- For stains, we recommend using Marseille soap before washing.
- If necessary, you can iron your garment on medium heat. Also a clothes steamer is handy for smoothing out and freshening up your garment.
Contrary to what many believe, cashmere is not afraid of water and can even benefit from moderate washing over time. The fibres straighten and puff out in abundant water, which makes them softer. Washing also releases the extra fluff on the surface of a new garment or attaches it, which decreases pilling.
When pilling occurs, you can remove it with a comb or a clothes brush specially designed for cashmere garments. Comb or brush your garment in the direction of the grain and remove pills. Pilling will decrease over time. However, soft knitwear will always pill if abraded by for example a handbag.
About production and ecologyThe fabrics that Kaiko uses are manufactured and Kaiko's products are sewn in Portugal. The GOTS certified cotton we use is grown in Turkey where it is also spun into yarn. Some of our garments contain recycled polyester in order to reduce the carbon footprint of the manufacturing process. We use recycled polyester made from used plastic bottles. We at Kaiko are continuously striving to find even more ecological alternatives to use alongside our current materials.
Organic cottonKaiko uses organically grown GOTS certified cotton. The organic cotton tricot and jersey fabrics that we use feel lovely on your skin. They withstand wearing and washing without losing their shape or softness.
We want our clothes to be worn often and particularly the clothes for small kids should be comfortable to wear. That is why elastane is incorporated in the material of some of our garments. It helps clothes fit better and makes them stretchier and thus more comfortable.
Cashmere is a luxurious and soft material but it is also delicate and needs good care. With proper care, it will last for years to come. Cashmere wool is one of the warmest natural fibres. This is thanks to the fluffiness of the fibre, which creates small pockets of air that provide insulation. Because of this softness and fluffiness, cashmere knitwear pills easily. This is a feature though, not a flaw, and with good care the elegant look of your garment is restored. As the fibres set over time, the pilling will decrease.
Linen unionThe material of our garments made of linen union (50% linen, 50% organic cotton) combines the lustre of linen and the softness of organic cotton. This natural material will just get better and softer as you wash it and wear it and it feels lovely on your skin.
Recycled polyesterOur jersey that contains recycled polyester is similar to Kaiko's traditional cotton jersey. In addition to organic cotton and elastane, the material of some jersey garments also contains recycled polyester, which enhances the durability of the fabric. The use of recycled polyester reduces the environmental impact of the garment.
LyocellLyocell is a regenerated fibre made of wood cellulose. The manufacturing process is similar to that of viscose but the solvents used in making lyocell are non-toxic, organic compounds. Lyocell is thus a more ecological alternative to viscose. Manufacturing lyocell requires significantly less water than making cotton. Lyocell is soft and it hangs beautifully. It is breathable and feels lovely on your skin. Also, it does not build up static electricity. Lyocell is a biodegradable material.
RubberThe elastic bands in our products are made of natural rubber i.e. latex.
Care instructionsPlease check the washing label of your new garment before washing and follow the care instructions. You can wash most of our garments in 40 degrees Celsius. We do not recommend tumble drying as it may cause colours to fade and increase shrinkage.
We recommend washing without fabric softeners and with similar colours. After washing, it is good to reshape the garment slightly whilst damp. With items that contain Lyocell, we recommend you use a wash bag and, if necessary, iron the garment from the inside after washing and drying. For tights, we recommend hand washing and reshaping whilst damp.
Particularly garments with prints should be turned inside out before washing. Do note that the hook-and-loop and zip fasteners on garments may damage other items in the laundry. Garments may shrink in the first wash by 5–8% depending on the item.
It is good to remove possible stains right when they occur but we recommend treating stains at least before putting the garment in the washing machine. However, prolonged soaking in cool water may be damaging to prints and colours.
You can – and it is good to – lengthen the interval at which you wash particularly women's garments by airing them after use.
Kaiko directs 7% of the profit of all sold clothing to educate women in Nepal. Our charity partner is Women's Bank that develops, expands and strengthens local women's institutions that promote social, economic and cultural rights in the region. Together with our customers, we've been able to donate over 28 000 € to the Women’s Bank’s cooperatives’ program in Lalitpur, Nepal.