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Material & Care

Material & care

Fibres
All hand knitted garments from Kupong are made in yarn from Sandnes Garn.  
Our machine knit is made in Europe with yarn from Italian suppliers.
We use mostly natural fibres such as Norwegian wool, alpaca, mohair and lambswool.
Norwegian wool is known for its durability, strength and bounce. The garments knitted in wool are light, warm and long lasting. It is also the most sustainable wool when it comes to production and degradability.
Mohair is a silk-like yarn made from the hair of the Angora goat. It is known for its high luster and sheen. This is why it is often used in fiber blends to add these qualities to a textile. It is considered to be a luxury fiber, like cashmere, angora and silk, and is usually more expensive than most wool that is produced by sheep.
The alpaca fibre is soft, durable, luxurious and silky. While similar to sheep’s wool, it is warmer, and has no lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic. Alpaca fiber is naturally water-repellent and difficult to ignite.
Lambswool is wool taken from the first shearing of the sheep, usually around seven months after its first coat has come in. It is fine and soft, and requires minimal processing. Lambswool, like all sheep's wool, contains lanolin. It is popularly used for good quality knitwear.

Wash
Most of our styles can be machine-washed, but we recommend to wash by hand. Wool is a natural fibre and will loose its strength and bounce after being machine washed repeatedly and over time. To best keep the materials strength and shine we therefore recommend to wash by hand. Always refer to your pieces' care label before washing.

When washing, always turn your knits inside out beforehand, this will also help prevent pilling.
If machine washed - go for the cool setting, no warmer than 30°C.
Slow, gentle spins are best (600 RPM max). Natural fibres release water easily, so fast spins are unnecessary. 

Detergents
Wash all your knitwear in gentle, enzyme-free detergent. We recommend Milo or any other product who is wool-friendly. Look out for the Woolmark symbol.
Avoid biological and non-biological detergents as both these contain bleaching agents, which do not play nice with your knitwear!

Drying
Avoid shrinking & warping by carefully drying your knitwear. Dry flat.
Avoid high temperatures at all costs.
If you feel your piece has changed shape a little once washed, very carefully pull it back into shape whilst damp. 
Never hang your damp knitwear to dry. Instead, dry it upon and/or over something, like a clothes airer.
We do not accept liability for garments incorrectly laundered.

Moths
Moths love natural fibres as much as you do!
Unfortunately, they enjoy feasting upon them which results in holes appearing in your favourite knits!
You can add mothballs to your stored knits. These are now widely available in odourless versions.
Alternatively, you can wrap your knits in plastic before storing. Moths aren’t into plastic.
Lavender & cedarwood essential oils also help to repel moths.

Pilling
Natural fibres naturally intertwine with wear, resulting in pilling.
Whilst this can be a bit of a pain to remove, it does authenticate your piece’s natural credentials. And remember the softer the yarn, the more likely it is to pill.
You can fight the fuzz with a pilling comb. These easily remove any pilling on your garment.
We do not accept liability for garments damaged by incorrect pilling comb use.
Bobbling is temporary, it will stop once your piece has shed all its shorter fibres.
After your garments have been washed a few times their fibres should strengthen, which will lessen pilling.