What is 'pashmina'?
The word has its origin in the Persian word ‘Pashm’ which means wool. However, over many centuries, Pashmina has come to be known as a special kind of wool which comes from the outer skin of the goats living in the high altitudes of the Himalayas. Pashmina scarf, stole, wrap, shawl and throws are hand spun and woven in Nepal and Kashmir in the Indian subcontinent. The pashminas from Kashmir are also known as Cashmere (the changed name of Kashmir). The words Cashmere and Pashmina have come into use as a substitute of each other and also together to express high quality of pashmina wraps. Mention of these shawls in writing is found between 3rd century BC and the 11th century AD. Zayn-ul-Abidin, the 15th century ruler of Kashmir, is known to be the founder of the wool industry. He introduced weavers from Central Asia. These shawls have been manufactured in Nepal and Kashmir for hundreds of years.
Napoleon may have started the pashmina craze when he presented the Shawl to his wife. Ladies of the 18th century court in France and St. Petersburg were enchanted by the regal feel and warmth of these wraps. Pashmina scarves, stoles, wraps, shawls and throws remain an essential part of a fashionable wardrobe, attesting to the durability and appeal of this classic accessory.
The goats bearing pashmina fiber are commercially reared in the Himalayas as well as now in Gobi Desert (in Mongolia). The weather conditions in Mongolia are similar to those of the Himalayan region, and are quite suitable for the goats to grow pashmina. Owing to availability of vast open grazing grounds to produce pashmina economically and commercially, production of pashmina in Mongolia costs less than the Himalayas. The quality of pashmina wool obtained from the goats raised in Mongolia is the same as that of the Himalayan goats. Due to ever increasing demand of pashmina and not everyone knowing about the quality of pashmina, quite a few imitations have also appeared in the market. Acrylic and viscose pashmina are two of the most common imitations of pashmina. The goats shed their winter coat every spring. Approximately 4 to 8 ounces of pashmina fibre is shed by each goat. It takes fiber of two to three goats to make one good quality pashmina shawl or stole. The pashmina fiber which is closer to the body of the goat is of better quality than the one on the outer side.
Sizes and Suitability
We offer pashminas in the following sizes:
Scarves: 12”x 60” and 18”x 72”
Stoles: 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.
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.
We ship our products 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.
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.