Pashmina is the inheritance of the Himalayan people. Pashmina does not need a definition for it stands sufficiently to define itself. It is royally owned by the people around the Himalayan region.
Each pashmina is an outcome of dedication and zeal. It is the product of the supreme cashmere wool. Professional craftsmen are involved in weaving it. Women also are great contributors to the weaving of a cashmere pashmina. Pashminas get the vibrant and the out of the ordinary colour combinations from the dyeing process which is done in the running cold water of the Himalayas.
Do not let Ignorance Affect You
Pashmina has become a common term which is being used by the vendors. Every kind of stole or shawl is being sold in the name pashmina. Acrylic pashmina, silk pashmina, viscose pashmina, and wool pashmina are some of the types of shawls and stoles that are being sold under the regal name of pashmina but are really low-quality products.
Ignorant people are the ones who fall a prey to these fraudulent products.
When you are offered a pashmina scarf for 10 dollars, you become certain that you are dealing with a vendor who is deceiving you. Pashmina products are the heritage, the pride, and the dedicated outcome of the people of the Himalayan region.
What determines the price of a Pashmina?
There is a belief that pashminas are always costly. Let us know how true the assumption is.
The cost of the cashmere shawl depends on the quality of it. The thickness of the cashmere thread depends on the hair of the goat. It ranges approximately between 12 and 18 microns. The pashmina which is weaved using the hair that is obtained from the neck and the belly areas of a baby goat are the costliest of all pashminas.
The thickness ranges between 12 and 14 microns. This range of thickness of the hair is the softest and the thinnest and so it demands more dedication in the challenging process of weaving it. The hair from the belly of adult goats is thick which ranges between 14 and 18 microns are easy to be spun and hence are sold at a reasonable price.
The variable part of the pricing differs based on the shop it is sold and also the type of work done on it.
How to tell between a real pashmina and the fake?
Let us know to differentiate them
A real pashmina is extremely soft and defies the wrinkles.
An authentic pashmina can be effortlessly passed through a wedding ring. Such pure pashminas which pass through a wedding ring are called ring pashmina or water pashmina.
A genuine cashmere pashmina can be tested by getting few threads of it burnt. If it smells of sulphur and shrinks itself into small balls which get powdered later, then it is a real one. This is how any hair would react to flame and so it should be a real one.
A fake pashmina shawl burns quickly like a plastic without leaving any remains.
A true pashmina is hand loomed and is loosely weaved and the threads at the borders can be separated.
An actual pashmina is dull and does not shine.
The Blending of the Other Material on a Pashmina
A pashmina also comes blended with the other forms of threads like silk. The ratio of the blend determines the rate of the pashmina. The pashminas which are interwoven with silk threads give the glossy effect and are quite common today. The best part is that they give comparable warmness of the cashmere. The proportion of the silk determines the rate of a pashmina. The more the silk, the lesser is the rate of the pashmina. 1:1 of Cashmere and silk pashminas are very common. 7:3 of cashmere and silk pashminas give a good shiny finish, retaining the softness of the pashmina.