It’s important that you are able to buy the real and genuine pashmina worth the money you intend paying for it. Following are simple ways to test the genuineness of the pashmina:
- Look. The look of pashmina is gentle and somber. It’s neither shiny nor dull. Similarly, once pashmina is routinely folded without applying tight pressure like that of ironing, the wrinkles formed are very gentle. If the pashmina is made from silk, acrylic, viscose or the like, no wrinkles will be formed. If the fabric has more of cotton content distinctly visible wrinkles will be formed.
- Feel. The feeling of touching the pashmina is unique. It is subtly soft but the softness is different than that of touching a fabric made from silk, acrylic, viscose or other synthetic material. Feel of touching a pashmina is like that of touching the soft skin of a baby which has a depth to it and the touch will not be slippery. Feel of touching the fabric made from other material may be very soft but it will be slippery with no depth.
- Weight. Pashmina is lighter in weight than the scarves made from other woolen materials. Scarves made from silk, acrylic, viscose etc. are lighter than pashmina but lack the peculiar observation, touch and warmth. Weight of a genuine pashmina wrap of the size 28”x 80” (70 cm x 200 cm) generally ranges from 4.5 to 5.0 ounces (130 to 145 grams). Ring pashmina wrap is lighter than the regular pashmina wrap. The former is transparent (see through) and it can pass through a finger ring.
Warmth. Genuine pashmina is lighter in weight and warmer than a scarf made from any other material of the same weight. Despite being light in weight, its warmth is somewhat as good as that of a thin blanket weighing twice that of pashmina.
- Wet Pashmina. If you dip a small part of pashmina from any of its corners, it will give a mild peculiar smell. Fake pashmina made from other materials does not bear this smell.
- Burn Test. Yet another of testing the genuineness of the pashmina is to burn a part of it and observe the ash. Although it may partly damage the pashmina, this is a sure way of finding out if the pashmina bought by you is genuine or not. However, if you undertake the subject experiment with care you can minimize the damage to insignificant level. Hold a couple of tassels and light these with a lighter or a matchstick for a few moments. Observe the ash. Ash of a genuine pashmina will be visible in the form of tiny round shaped balls and it will give a smell of moth balls. In case of a fake pashmina, the ash will be more like a dust with no smell.
- Increase in Softness. This test requires more time and usage of pashmina implying that you may not be able to return the fake pashmina back to the retailer. However, this test can still be useful for you to decide if you should buy your next pashmina from the same retailer or try another one. For this test you don’t have to do anything special but keep using your pashmina as and when you so desire. With repeated use, you will find that a genuine pashmina will give more gentle looks and it will get softer but the fake one will not.