What is Pashmina?
"Pashmina" is derived from "Pashm", a word of Persian language which means wool. The wool is obtained from the outer skin of the high altitude mountain goats in the Himalayas bordering Nepal and Kashmir of Indian subcontinent. The word, "Kashmir" was earlier spelled as Cashmere. Hence the wool and its products are called pashmina, cashmere as well as cashmere pashmina. Pashmina became popular in Europe during the colonial rule of the subcontinent by the British. It is also said that Napoleon's wife was enchanted by its regal feel and warmth, and, since then it has been a timeless fashion accessory the world over from North America to Australia.
Pashmina - A Women's Fashion Accessory
Pashmina scarf, shawl, wrap or stole is a ‘must have’ women’s fashion accessory. Worn over or across the shoulders in countless ways, you will look elegant, and, remain cozy and comfortable. Real pashmina scarves are destined to be a heirloom as these are deliciously comfy, soft, light and warm; an adorable accessory for all seasons, occasions and events. Wedding pashmina has become a common phrase for gifting it to bride and the bridesmaids.
As one of the pioneers, we have been selling pashmina online the world over since 1999. We offer customization in custom colors, size, tassels (with or without), and, embroidery of name. Send us any color sample by post and get your pashmina matching the same. Whether you buy from us or not is a matter of your choice, but please don’t buy cheap pashmina which is certainly going to be fake made from any other synthetic material like viscose, acrylic, silk etc. or a combination thereof.
We offer five pashmina collections; ring, cashmere, shamina, jacquard and silk pashmina in all sizes. All of these except the first one are three ply. Ring pashmina is two ply and so thin that it can pass through a finger ring. Jacquard, shamina and cashmere wrap and shawl are made from 100% pure cashmere aka pashmina. Cashmere fiber of shamina, a luxury by itself, is of superior quality. Silk pashmina has blend of silk with 70% pashmina and 30% silk fiber. We also have some specials including men's pashmina scarf.
Owing to the popularity of pashmina shawl among the fashion conscious women, in particular, and others in general, the market is full of its fake versions. These imitations of pashmina easily deceive the customers unless they are aware of this menace. Made from synthetic fibers like acrylic, viscose, yarn and silk, these fakes give a soft and shiny look and can easily be mistaken to be the genuine and real pashmina. These imitations are being sold at cheaper rates and customers easily get attracted towards these. Irony is that some merchants are selling the fakes at higher rates which is double cheating. Higher prices somewhat mistakenly assure the buyer that what is being bought is genuine. Yet another trend which has developed is that the merchants indicate the composition of the fiber to be that of acrylic, viscose or silk and yet sell the products under the name of viscose pashmina. However, a more deliberate look and touch would easily reveal that there is a distinct difference between the touch and class of a real pashmina wrap and its imitation. Besides the aforementioned, deliberate look, touch and feel, following are very simple and easy to follow authenticity checks:
One of the simple checks is to soak a small part of your cashmere pashmina scarf in water for a while, pull it out and smell it. If there is no smell other than that of an ordinary cloth, it is fake. The real cashmere pashmina wrap will have a subtle but distinct smell which is mildly bad odor somewhat similar to that of wet leather. Another way of testing the authenticity of cashmere pashmina is to burn for a few moments a couple of loose ends of the tassels or loose thread from one end. Ash of a genuine pashmina shawl will be in the form of a uniform powder and it will come off easily. However, if the ash makes sticky beads and does not come off easily the smell is that of a chemical, the shawl is fake. If the vendor is not offering money back guarantee, there are good chances that the pashminas being sold are fake.
If the make of a country is other than India, Nepal and Tibet, it is more likely to be fake than real as pashmina is mostly produced in the aforementioned three regions. You should buy cashmere pashmina shawl from a well reputed store, be it online or off line. Return/Exchange
We pride in our quality and testimonials bear testimony to that. Following our return/exchange policy, we offer 100% refund if the pashmina is not to your liking. There are no additional charges for exchange.
Shipping We ship our cashmere pashmina the world over. Standard shipping is free irrespective of the shipping destination. The delivery time is fourteen working days. We offer express shipping to our worthy customers in North America (U.S. and Canada) for a nominal charge of US $ 5.00 per pashmina. The delivery time is five working days. If the shipping address is away from the main towns, it may take a day or two extra to deliver the order.
Besides regular discounts, we do offer discounts off and on. We will let you know about the latter if you choose to sign up with us. However, we are not among the ones who indicate list price to be twice or thrice the discounted price and then claim offering huge discounts round the year. Our listed prices compete with their discounted prices.
Sizes and Suitability
We offer pashminas in the following sizes:
Scarves: 12”x 60” and 18”x 72” Stole: 22”x 80” Wrap: 28”x 80” Shawls: 36”x 80” and 40”x 80”
Large Shawl: 45"x 90" Throw: 50”x 100" Cashmere scarf, wrap and stole are better suited for casual wear. Cashmere wrap and shawl are suitable for formal and party wear. If you are short in height and are petite, we recommend that you choose wrap. If you are of medium height and built, we recommend pashmina shawl. If you are tall, we recommend that you should opt for cashmere shawl large. Throw is again for casual wear, long travel and for the tall, obese and pregnant women. With less width, wrap has less of fall and spread than the pashmina shawl. Customers
Our customer base is spread the world over in all continents, especially in USA, Canada, Europe, Japan, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Australia and New Zealand. We do not compromise on quality by offering low prices. The testimonials we continue to receive bear testimony to the good quality of our pashmina and our customer service. Please send your queries to us via email. You can also call us on our 24/7 toll free number +1 800-257-3150. Please record your message and our representative will call you back. In either case, you will get a response within 24 hours. Once you place your order, you will immediately receive a confirmatory email. Your pashmina will be put in line for preparation. Once the order is shipped, you will be informed about the tracking details via email.
Care Instructions Cashmere pashmina shawl is delicate and it needs to be duly taken care of so that it lasts longer. When not in use, these should be appropriately wrapped and placed in the wardrobe on a hanger. We recommend that when required to wash, it should neither be machine washed nor hand washed. The best and the safest way to wash it is to get it dry cleaned. However, if the same is not considered feasible for one reason or the other, it should be hand washed in warm water using a non bleach washing detergent. After washing, it should not be wrung or twisted. Instead it should be widely spread over a string or drying rack. Once dry, iron it. While ironing, a thin white or light colored piece of cloth should be placed over it. The iron temperature should be fixed as for woolen clothes. If it has some stubborn stains on it, please treat it prior to dry cleaning. While ironing, please see to it that the tassels are not ironed once these are over or under the pashmina as this will result in tassel marks on the wrap.