The benefits of goat down clothes
The Best choice for allergic
The clothes made of a goat down are well known for their luxurious look, feather-light weight and durability. They are always welcome to the wardrobe of any fashionable woman. It suffices to recall that the cashmere and mohair are just two types of a goat down.
In our time of widespread allergies I have met people for whom the goat down clothes became an only salvation because of allergy to wool. I can't wear turtleneck wool sweaters all the day long myself because of skin irritation. With goat down sweaters I have no problems. I couldn't find medical statistics but I long lived in region where goat down clothes are commonplace. Local medics often use goat down items for treatment of various diseases. Among old papers I had found the medical prescription ending with " ... wrap with goat down scarf for night".
A goat down blanket or shawl to wrap the baby was always in the first lines of gift list for a newborn.
The region in question is the steppes along the banks of the Don river in Russia. In these lands of the Don Cossacks one of the cashmere goat breeds is grown - the Don goat. So for me the goat down and cashmere are almost the same.
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The best wrap for a newborn
Cashmere blanket is a best choice to wrap a child during long walks in the baby stroller. I don't know as for you but I often felt envy looking at my baby wrapped in a warm fluffy shawl. I again and again cursed myself for not putting on my goat down socks.
The best fluffy clothing for infants
One of the main advantages of cashmere clothing is the ability to continue to warm even when wet. This feature is very important for kids, is not it?
My Grandma was genuine Cossack woman. The ability to knit considered mandatory for the Cossack woman. Before the wedding Cossack bride had to give the groom a scarf and socks. She was supposed to knit them herself. Moreover, she was to spin the yarn for them herself too.
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My Grandma was very conservative about the question what true Cossack woman should be able to do. So her house was always full of homemade pickles and jams, knitted items and hand-woven rugs. As a child I especially liked to visit her house in winter when in particularly severe frosts she took the kids out of the barn to the house.
Spring was the time to collect goat down. I remember pretty well the picture from my childhood. The goat is quietly lying on the table. Her feet are tied with old cotton stockings. All female part of our family sits around the table and intently plucks the down with bare hands.
My grandma never used shears, she insisted that down should be collected by bare hands. Only then it will be long and silky and will remember the warmth of hands.
Then she span the yarn with old-fashioned spinning wheel which looks like as two drops of water to that in the photo.
The down obtained throughout the year from one goat is enough to knit only two shawls. That's why the price of cashmere items is so high.
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I am not ashamed that I am a fan of cashmere scarves
I know nothing better than a cashmere scarf wrapped around my neck upon the occurrence of first frost
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Goat down liner in the gloves
A goat down liner in the gloves makes it possible for you to wear thin elegant gloves in cold weather. The benefit of goat down (cashmere) against a wool liner is that you need not to rub away wool particles from hands after taking off gloves. The cashmere liner is much stronger than wool.
One Common Mistake
Many people think that goat down is too thin and not durable. The upholstery in the first coaches of American railways was made from a fabric based on the goat down and it served more than 20 years.
The best method to clean goat down clothes
The goat down clothes require special care. Many of the unique properties of down are due to lanolin and other specific organic substances that are part of goat down. Therefore using a laundry detergent is not allowed. There are two types of fabric obtained from goat down - woven and knitted. For woven items dry cleaning is the best and the only admissible. Knitted items can be washed in warm water with special shampoo. You can use soft baby shampoo too, but special detergents containing lanolin are the best. Don't tumble. Dry goat down items just the same as wool ones.
Whence comes the cashmere
Very thin down of some goat breeds is called Cashmere
I've received a comment on my other article that while reading about goat down you are expecting to see a photo of the goat.
I can not afford to disappoint the reader. Therefore, look! Here it is, the supplier of cashmere.
It looks pretty harmless. But my father called them the worst enemies of agriculture.
A herd of these lovely animals can quickly turn a flowering meadow into a barren desert. The point is that while feeding the goat does not bite off the tops of the grass as sheep and cow do but uproots the grass. So you can easily imagine what this humble animal can do to your precious lawn.
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