Extracted from the Chyangra goats of Kashmir and known as the ‘fabric of the royal’ – cashmere pashmina can be one of the most prized possessions in one’s wardrobe. Whether it quality of the silk or brightness of colours or for that matter, the embroidery, these shawls and scarves are truly one of its kinds!
However, how many times have you come across a scenario wherein the price has not matched the quality of this shawl? Also, you have felt cheated after buying something that is remotely known as cashmere? Precisely, the reasons for this is simple – lack of awareness of the finer details of this product.
As a faithful customer, you have simply bought what the online portal suggested to you as their best in collection. To ensure that such issues do not occur in future, here are some details that you must note about this product.
The tales of pashmina – from past to present
It is not recently that fashion parades have started including cashmeres in their collection. From the times of Kashmiri ruler Ul-Abidin in the 15th century, cashmere shawl has been the ultimate gift and trade item. Coming from the Chyangra goats of Kashmir, it can take close to 180 hours to create a single shawl (it is completely hand spun).
It is only in the later times when this product entered the western market that it got an anglicised version ‘cashmere’ by which it is currently known. With multiple colours and intricate embroidery, it is truly a classic!
Buying a cashmere pashmina? Don’t compromise on quality
If you are looking for genuine pashminas, then you must be ready to lose some cash. After all – you are getting yourself a heritage product. Most of the times, it is blended with viscose or rayon and hence you must test a true cashmere before you buy one!
Trick: Take the fringes of a cashmere pashmina and light it. If those fringes burn and you get smell that is quite like burning of hair, rest assured you have a treasure in your hand. Certain other techniques have also evolved in the regions in and around Nepal to test this product.
Points that you cannot miss!
If you wish to know more about pashmina and its variants (that turquoise cashmere is stuck in your cart, but you are fearful to order it!), then a scientific analysis is much needed.
- Going by the data obtained from Cashmere and Camel Hair Institute – the Capra hircus laniger goats’ fibre which has a diameter close to 19 microns and area of 30 microns is the ideal one for spinning a shawl or scarf.
- Also, since ‘pashm’ is a natural product, it lacks the gloss and finish of a synthetic good. Hence, it must be mixed with either viscose or silk to get the desired sheen. If this blend is not there, then the cashmere gives a matte look and you can consider that as ideal.
- Another very important point to know is that most types of cashmere are a blend. However, make sure that you buy only that which has 70% cashmere content in it.
You need to study the collection very well before choosing an ideal cashmere wrap for the next party.