Angora refers to the downy coat produced by the Angora rabbit. Known for its soft, thin fibres, angora is much lighter and more delicate than wool. Why? The angora fibre is shorter than wool and has a hollow interior, which gives this knit the halo-ey glow that you know and love. The hollow interior, however, does not allow for natural elasticity, which is why all of our angora sweaters are blended with acrylic fibres. If we didn't do this, the sweet knit you love would lose its integral shape.
Does This Angora sweater shed?
Yes. If it does not, it is not ANGORA - or it composed of longer fibres. Although longer fibres shed less, the process involves plucking the rabbit - which is cruel. Our fibres are shorter because the rabbit is shorn - a cruelty-free process.
Angora sweaters are known for being beautiful and soft. Unfortunately, they're also known for their tendency to shed on everything. Angora is a type of delicate wool that comes from the angora rabbit. While there's not a lot you can do to completely stop this shedding, you can control it to some extent. And, proper maintenance can prolong the life of your sweater.
How can I minimise shedding?
- Wear it.
The fibres will flatten and settle with use.
You can place your throw in a plastic freezer bag and put it in the freezer for a few hours. Freezing the item makes the loose fibres easier to shake out, so that a vigorous shake will release them all at once, rather than throughout the day
- Keep it in a moist environment.
One of the reasons angora sheds is because the fibers can get statically charged. This means they'll draw other things (like hair or other fibers) to them. To avoid this, place the sweater in a room with a humidifier before you wear it. A humidifier or steam can keep the air from becoming too statically charged. You might need to do this frequently in the winter when the dry air can create static charges
- Wash the sweater only when it needs it.
If you're in the habit of wearing a sweater for a short period of time and then washing it, you might be damaging the fibres. Unlike a sweater made from cotton or a synthetic material, angora only needs to be washed when it's truly dirty. You can over-wash an angora sweater which will wear out the fibres quickly. Wash your sweater if you notice dirt or sweat on the sweater or if it smells. Lay flat to dry.
Cupro is like Silk’s cool and trendy cousin. Born from tiny cotton fibres that are normally too small to spin into cotton (and routinely thrown into landfills), this vegan fabric is ethically sustainable and so soft to the touch. This plant based beauty feels and looks just like silk, but requires way less maintenance and breathes better than cotton. Unlike Cotton, Cupro absorbs colour, so no fading. Your oranges will stay just as juicy as the day you bought them. Say hello to your cool new 100% plant-based cousin!
How do I wash Cupro?
Hand-washing is always the best and safest method for washing cupro, but machine washing is also an option.
Click HERE for more details.
Yet another environmentally friendly alternative to cotton, Tencel is made from eucalyptus trees. Trees are incredible at temperature regulation, and the fabric does the same, keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Just like the graceful eucalyptus, garments made from Tencel drape beautifully on the body and are wrinkle-resistant. The fabric is so smooth that bacteria slides right off. Extremely breathable and durable, they will live a long and happy life in your closet. Say hello to yet another cool cousin (we have a big family).
How do I wash tencel?
- Delicate fabrics should be hand-washed in cold water with a gentle detergent. Drip Dry. Tencel will shrink about 3% with the first washing and will resist shrinking from then on.
- Machine washing, using the gentle cycle, is appropriate for many garments. Drip drying is preferable to machine drying. If line dried, you can briefly toss in the dryer with a damp towel to soften the fabric.
- If you must touch up the garment with an iron, use a warm iron only. Too much direct heat may scorch the fabric.
Linen is a vegetable - well, kind of. Linen fabric is made from the cellulose fibres that grown inside the stalks of the flax plant, or Linum usitatissimum and is one of the oldest cultivated plants in human history. The flax plant is extremely versatile - nothing is wasted. The same flax plant that was used to make your dress can also be used in its oil form - taken as pills for health nuts or used on wood furniture and decks for wood preservation.
It is one of the most biodegradable fabrics in the world, yet it is also strong and naturally moth resistant. It is so strong, that it is actually one of the oldest fibres known, and can last up to 3 decades AND was once used in a form of battle armor called Linthorax.
How do I wash linen?
Wash on low temperatures in lukewarm or cold, and preferably soft, water. Use the gentle machine cycle and a mild detergent to protect the fibres. If it is possible to select the water level in the washing machine, always use the maximum offered, so your garment can move more freely and avoids twisting and pulling the linen fabric out of shape.
If washing by hand, only use a gentle swishing motion - never wring, twist, or scrub the fabric. Hand washing is recommended for garments that are not heavily soiled, or for linen fabric with a loose weave.
Never wash in cold or hot water! Does linen shrink? YES, especially if you wash it in too hot temperatures (above 40C is not recommended).