Handicrafts is famous for its beautiful,
soft and traditional shawls Including
Pashmina and Kashmiri shawls.
Pashmina is a textile which became
popular in the West in the late 1990s.
It is very soft and warm, and used
primarily in scarves and shawls. The
word is derived from the Persian word
pashm, which refers to the undercoat
of fur on many animals - in this case,
Pashmina is usually made with wool
from the underbelly of the Himalayan
goat. Pure pashmina scarves and
shawls are available, though many
people find them too coarse or rough.
A softening process is used by some
manufacturers dealing in 100% pashmina.
This process gives the pashmina a
soft, almost silken quality. Because
of the softness of processed pahmina
garments, pure pashmina will often
be referred to as cashmere. However,
pashmina is slightly different — and
it comes from Tibet, not Kashmir.
Pashmina scarves and shawls are available
in a wide range of colors and thicknesses.
Most pashmina is sold in standard
ply, also known as two-ply, which
has sufficient weight to offer a good
the cold. Lighter, single-ply pashmina
is also available and ideal for warmer
weather. Single-ply pashmina usually
has a higher silk content as well,
to ensure its durability.
The range in price of pashmina is
often as much a function of the number
of middle-men involved as of the quality
of the textile itself. It is therefore
advisable to purchase pashmina either
respected store, or from a catalog
or website with a good return policy.
With pashmina's rising popularity,
and the lack of any sort of certification
system in place, there are many merchants
shoddy pashmina or imitation fabrics.