This is a beautiful hand knit cowl. I've called it the tidal wave cowl, because I thought the colors were reminiscent of a turbulent sea. You can dress this down with jeans, or it will look lovely for work as well. It is an acrylic yarn, so it is machine washable. I suggest washing it inside out on gentle, to preserve the integrity of the stitches. You can flat to dry. Knitting is my passion and I've been doing it for over 50 years. I'm certain you won't be disappointed in this cowl, and will wear it well for many years.