The Hokitika Cardigan is a lightweight, silky cardigan with a longer body, designed to float blissfully worn open. It features integral pockets on the front to give shelter to your hands or belongings, and moss stitch edge detail to give it a sleek yet quietly artistic look.
Merinomink™ is unique in that it has featherweight softness and is incredibly warm, due to the hollow structure of the Brushtail Possum fibre, which traps air both within the fibre and in the fabric when blended with high crimp, fine Merino. The fibre has no scales, so resists pilling and has outstanding durability and excellent performance characteristics. Merino lambs wool 50%, Possum fur 40% Silk 10%
You can find all the washing instructions on the care label inside every Merinomink garment. The 100% natural fibres of the Merinomink blend resist odour so requires less washing, making it easier on you and the environment.
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About Possum Merino
You'll absolutely love our very unique New Zealand Possum Merino garments and accessories! Join the great following of those who appreciate this unique blend and you'll never look back! Possum Merino NZ made is a wonderful composition of Possum fur, Merino lamb's wool and Mulberry Silk or nylon for extra strength. Like cashmere it is luxuriously soft, incredibly lightweight, exceptionally warm and comfortable to wear but you'll find it is a lot more affordable. Any wrinkles through packaging drop out quickly. It is anti static, doesn't pill and resists odour! Due to the hollow nature of possum fur, it provides exceptional thermal warmth without weight. Research has shown it to be 55% warmer than Merino and 35% warmer than cashmere. With a superfine micron, New Zealand Merino wool is renowned for its softness, easy care and durability.
Washing Instructions for Woolens / Possum Merino
A wonderful virtue of possum merino garments is the possum fur and merino wool resists the absorption of odor and therefore need a lot less washing! You'll find all garments come with washing instructions attached. Possum Fur has antiseptic qualities and is very gentle on the most sensitive skin. For hand washing rinse using warm water and an approved wool detergent, rinse well, dry flat. Dry cleanable. Do not bleach or tumble dry. (Use a dry cleaner you trust as I find they don't always get it right and can shrink the garment) *If using machine wash use the delicates option only.
A good tip is - the temperature you wash in is the same you rinse in as temperature changes can bring shrinkage. Also don't over lather, just a small amount of liquid soap is all you need, you can always add more later if you need it. Gently swirl and press the garment around in the warm water with no vigorous rubbing or wringing. You can roll in a towel to absorb water first before laying flat to dry. Shape garment while wet on towel. I have found hand washing garments in warm water as instructed very easy and with no problem.
A Brief History of the New Zealand's Bushtail Possum
The brushtail possum is an introduced species released in NZ in 1837 to establish a fur industry. As demand for fur fell and its value dropped to uneconomic levels the numbers of possums dramatically increased. They have now reached epidemic proportions with well over 70 million possums munching their way through 21,300 tonnes of vegetation nightly, decimating New Zealand's native bush and birdlife. This includes eggs, chicks and insects and the most vulnerable is our national bird the kiwi. Heirloom Weavers NZ are passionate about sustainable living today, protecting New Zealand's environment and native species of flora and fauna, by keeping possum numbers to a more sustainable and natural balance.
The chart below indicate what size garment you should order, depending on your body size. It does not represent the actual garment measurements. The fit of our garments will vary depending on the design; some are a slim fit shaped to the body, while some are a looser, straight fit that skims the body. These measurements are a general guide only.
For your bust measurement, measure around the widest part of your bust, with your arms by your side. For your waist measurement, measure around the smallest part of your waist, with your arms by your side. For your hip measurement, measure around the widest part of your hips, with your feet together.
|Bust cm (in)||85
|Waist cm (in)||70
|Hips cm (in)||94
Merinomink™ is an exclusive blend of 100% natural fibres - fine Merino wool and luxurious Brushtail Possum Fibre blended with silk for strength, and with angora added for lighter colours.
Merinomink™ is unique in that it has featherweight softness and is incredibly warm, due to the hollow structure of the Brushtail Possum Fibre
Turn your garment inside out - this will help protect the garment's outer surface, and help maintain its new look longer.
Gently handwash in cold water.
Rinse throughly to remove all detergent.
Squeeze, do not wring. Wringing or excessive agitation of the garment will damage the fibres.
A low to medium spin cycle in a washing machine is recommended to remove as much moisture as possible.
Dry flat immediately. Never leave wet garments stacked on one another for any length of time.
|DO NOT TUMBLE DRY.
Tumble drying will cause the garment to shrink and cause unrepairable damage.