What is Pashmina?
Pashmina is a type of Cashmere wool. The wool comes from four distinct breeds of the Cashmere goat; namely the Changthangi or Kashmir Pashmina goat from the Changthang plateau in Kashmir region, the Malra from Kargil area in Kashmir region, the Chegu from Himachal Pradesh in northern India, and Chyangara or Nepalese Pashmina goat from Nepal. Pashmina shawls are hand spun, and woven in Indian Kashmir and Nepal, and made from fine cashmere fibre.
The best grade of Pashmina (cashmere) is 14 -15.5 microns in diameter and is collected in the high plateau regions of Nepal, Tibet and the central plains of Inner Mongolia. All the shawls we offer are made with this very fine grade of Pashmina (cashmere) wool.
The Pashmina (cashmere) products that we feature on our website are woven with silk running the length of the weave, and Pashmina on the width of the weave. Hand-weaving gives the products its distinctive character and produces its slender drape, elegant silk sheen, and soft, delicate feel.
This weave, combining silk and Pashmina, was first produced in the 15th century, and has been recreated by manufacturers with commercial basis since last more than a decade.
What is a Ply? What is the difference?
A Ply is a piece of yarn which is made by twisting other strands of yarn together. Two-ply is thicker than one-ply.
What is the percentage of Pashmina to silk in your Pashmina products?
The content of Pashmina woollen yarn in our products ranges from 50% to 100% (the normal demanded mix is 50%, 60%, 70%, 80% and 100%), the rest being fine silk. Please note that Pashmina product making in Nepal is not a science but a craft, a craft which involves many processes done by Hand. As such, the exact content of Pashmina and silk yarn might slightly vary from product to product.
What is the fringe like on Pashmina products?
Fringes on Pashmina product look very elegant; the normal fringe is about 2.5 Inches long and is twisted and knotted at the end.
Are the colours pictured on the website and your catalogue accurate?
We have colour-matched the photographic image so that it will give a reasonably accurate depiction of colour in our print catalogue. There may be more variation in the website due to the wide variety technicalities.
Do you have a retail outlet?
No, to keep our costs low , we sell our Pashmina products exclusively through our online website and mail.
How efficient are our Pashmina Products in terms of size, weight, colours, etc.?
Our final Pashmina products could have a variation of up to +/- 3% only, as the entire production process is done by hand and it is quite difficult to maintain the exact measurements.
Can we take custom orders?
Yes. We can make changes in the designs and shapes as per your instruction.
What do I look for when Choosing Pashmina?
When choosing a Pashmina it is important to check whether the piece is 100% Pashmina or if it has been blended with silk. We recommend either 100% or 30% silk blend.
A 2-ply Pashmina is suitable for temperatures up to 2-3 degree. Below freezing temperatures, we recommend people to purchase a 4-ply product as it is 4 times the weight of 1- ply. 1 ply is best for summers, with temperatures of 30 degree and above. Wear a Pashmina according to your height. A 5 feet person should wear a stole of 75x200 cm. A person of 5.5 inches should purchase a shawl of 90x200 cm but a taller one should buy a shawl of 125x250 cm.
How to Wash or Care for Pashmina?
Dip Pashmina for 15 minutes in Luke warm water (approximately 20 degrees). Remove Pashmina; fill a bucket with 5-10 litres of water, add 2-3 tablespoons of liquid soap. Whisk up a rich lather and immerse the product in it for 20-30 minutes. After 20-30 minutes slowly stir it with your hand a few times (NO MACHINES please otherwise 100% Pashmina will shrink and get damaged). Rinse the Pashmina in fresh running water. Rinse until water runs clear and then drip dry only DO NO WRINGLE OR TWIST and DO NOT DRY IT WITH A TUMBLER. Dry in shade, away from direct sunlight; reverse if embroidered on the underside. Iron it when 90% dry (not 100%). You will get the fresh Pashmina.
How to Distinguish Authentic Pashmina
Fake Pashmina shawls are usually made of acrylic (a kind of synthetic fibre). Be a smarter shopper! Because its wool, the first thing you can do is dampen it slightly and smell it. It will smell a little like a wet animal.
Another test could be done by burning a strand of it. When wool burns, it smells like hair burning and only its ashes are left. If a fabric has synthetic in it, it has a slight chemical smell and when the flame is extinguished, there is a little hard bead left, which stays attached to the fabric.