Caring for your Cashmere

Our sweaters are all made from either pure cashmere, or a cashmere and fine wool blend. As such, they need a little extra care when being washed and dried.

As per our manufacturer’s guidelines, your Orwell + Austen sweater can be washed in the washing machine, on a delicates/cold wash, using a detergent specifically designed for delicate fabrics.

However, as washing machines may vary, we would recommend – to be on the safe side – hand washing the sweaters, to ensure they have a long and happy life with you!

If you choose the washing machine route, you should consider placing your cashmere items in a mesh washing bag to protect them from snagging and tangling.  Alternatively, you could simply place them in cotton cushion cover.  Follow the instructions on the bottle of the detergent to know how much product is needed to wash cashmere in your machine. To dry lay your cashmere items flat in their natural shape and air dry.

How to hand wash your Orwell + Austen cashmere sweater: 

  1. In a clean sink, add the recommended amount of fine-garment detergent and briskly run your hand through the water to distribute the detergent and generate suds.
  1. Turn your Orwell + Austen sweater inside out and submerge the sweater, gently squeezing the suds through it.
  1. Spot treat any problem areas with a squirt of neat detergent and massage gently with fingertips.
  1. Rinse and repeat where necessary and allow the sweater to soak for 10 minutes.
  1. Drain the sink and rinse your sweater with cool water until the water rinses clear.
  1. Gently press water out and place it lengthwise on a clean, dry bath towel. Roll up the towel and press with your palms to squeeze out excess water - do not wring or twist.
  1. Remove the sweater from the towel and smooth it out into its original shape.
  1. Lay the sweater flat on a dry towel and allow it air-dry.


Contrary to popular belief, pilling on cashmere is not a sign of poor quality or a design fault. The pilling is a natural characteristic of the long fibres and can be easily removed using a cashmere comb, electric depiller or a sweater stone. Avoid depilling precious cashmere pieces too often as this may result in holes.