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Is this Real Pashmina ?
Pashmina is actually Fine Cashmere. Pashmina is name given to Cashmere yarn that is 12 to 16 microns in thickness. There is no such material as Viscose Pashmina or Silk Pashmina. Some companies are ruining the perfect product like Pashmina and marketing Viscose/Acrylic scarves as PASHMINA.
Real Pashmina is always made with Cashmere. It may be blended with Silk or Cotton for design and cost reasons.
Real Pashmina is not cheap, there is no Real Pashmina for $10 a piece.
Real Pashmina becomes softer with time as it absorbs moisture.
Real Pashmina is not only soft, it gives warmth as well.
Real Pashmina gets shine only when Silk is blended with Cashmere.
At HOP Cashmere, we only sell Pashminas made with Cashmere. If the label on our Pashmina says it has Cashmere in it, we stand by that guarantee. If you do not like our Pashmina, we will gladly help you select another or get your money back. If you do not like Cashmere on skin, you have a choice of buying a Modal Scarf - Modal is softer than cotton, it is a type of Rayon product.
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The "100% Pashmina" Scam
There are many low quality fake scarves being sold as Pashminas in the market nowdays. Unscrupulous vendors are easily misusing Pashmina name since it is not controlled by an international trademark like "Cashmere" is. The products that say "100% Pashmina" on their label are made in unspecified countries with some synthetic material whose contents we do not know. The vendors call them wool or cashmere, however we tested them and they burn like viscose. They are dyed in cheap metal colors (Pure Cashmere cannot take metal based colors). Such attempts by some companies hurt the Real Cashmere Pashmina trade and the tradesmen/tradeswomen who work very hard every year to rear the Capra Hircus goats and make the Cashmere Pashmina yarn and then weave it into fine Cashmere scarves/shawls.
Its Home Of Pashmina's commitment that we will not sell fake Pashminas. We are also working on creating a international trademark called Pashmina so that no one should be able to call their product a Pashmina unless it has Cashmere Pashmina yarn in it. Help us stop this scam and save Pashmina brand.
Details on Pashmina Making Process:
Pashmina, prized by kings and nobles and the pride of bride’s trousseau in the past is often referred to as the “king” of all fibres. Perhaps nothing epitomizes the glorious history of Himalayan craftsmanship, as warmly and beautifully, as does the Pashmina, the Indian name for Cashmere, the softest and most luxurious wool in the world. The word Cashmere is derived from Kashmir part of India where Pashmina wool was first used and converted into fabric.
Pashmina mainly comes from the Himalayan region. It is known for its warmth and long life. The uniquely soft fleece is hand combed every spring from the soft wool from the neck and chest of the “Chyangra” (Capra Hircus), the Himalayan mountain goat. The goat lives at heights of 12,000 to 14,000 feet. At such heights, where temperature goes down to 10 degree F, the goat survives as it is blessed by nature with a unique, very thin, short inner coat of hair, which is the best insulation in the world. This inner coat of hair is Pashmina. In fact the word "pashm" means "inside". Pashmina fibre is less than 15 microns in thickness (whereas a human hair is 75 microns thick). Each goat produces 3-8 ounces of Pashmina per year.
In this section we describe what is real Pashmina Cashmere. How to look for real Pashmina and how to avoid imitations like viscose or acrylic ?
Pashmina cashmere has a special luster due to its long, fine fibers, which are as thin as 12 microns and can be upto 18 microns thick; by contrast, the fibers from premium sheep's wool, such as Merino Extrafine, are 23 microns thick, and human hair ranges around 75 microns thick. Thus Pashmina wrap is exceptionally light, soft and warm, and feels luxurious on the skin. The natural colors of the fleece range from white to gray, red, brown and black. See Cashmere Definition at www.cashmere.org
Signs of Pure Cashmere Pashmina
Texture and Weight:
The first tell tale sign of Pure Cashmere Pashmina is that it will be very light and very soft. It is not a shiny like silk fabric; rather Pure Pashmina is dull (although in finishing process it does get some shine but not like silk). It is not cold to touch like Viscose or silk, it gives a nice warm feel.
Pure Cashmere Pashmina or its high concentration silk blends are delicate threads and cannot be woven on a power loom. The Pashmina thread is woven into wraps and scarves by handlooms by expert craftsmen. This hand weaving shows clearing near the tassels where the thread is not so closely woven. Holding a shawl to the window shows the fine weave. And you should be able easily to see through the shawl when backlit. It has a distinctive, not so close weave due to the handloom.
A biggest tell tale sign that a Pashmina is fake is if someone is selling them in the market for cheap – e.g. 10-20 dollars. Pashmina is fine Cashmere. The Himalayan Goat sheds this wool only once a year in spring. A wrap made with Pure Pashmina will be pricy due to the worth of fine Cashmere Pashmina in it.
Pure Pashmina is classified as Cashmere in international Market. Wool made of goat hair that is up to 19 microns thick is classified as Cashmere by www.cashmere.org - CCMI-Cashmere and Camel hair Manufacurers Institute. (EXTERNAL SITE LINK) Pashmina per say is not a controlled word that signifies Cashmere. Thus most reputed Pashmina sellers use labels that clearly show Cashmere % on their product. The fake Pashminas many times show on label as “100% Pashmina” and no mention of Cashmere on their content labels.
Although Pashmina Purists use this test often to differentiate between Pure Pashmina and fake, we do not recommend you conduct this test on your Pashmina. Pashmina Cashmere is made of animal hair, so its fibers act like hair when subjected to heat or water. There are various scientific ways to test the fabric this way, and we assure you we have done all the testing necessary so you don’t have to do the same. Home of Pashmina does not recommend this test on your Pashmina. Any exposure to heat or water may ruin your Pashmina and put you at risk.
Types of Pashmina
Since Pure Pashmina is not so lustrous and quite warm, mostly it is blended with fine silk to add strength and luster. Silk also being a natural and strong fiber; lend a very nice blend with Pashmina Cashmere
There are two kinds of blending techniques mostly used. One is Thread blend where Pashmina fibers are blended with silk thread while the yarn is spun. Other is when the wrap is woven with silk thread and Pashmina threads placed across. Both kinds of Blending leads to a very nice wrap or scarf that looks lustrous and has Cashmere feel as well. The yarn blended Pashminas are slightly expensive due to the intensive work involved.
Pure Pashminas wool is not very colorful since goat hair is mostly mix of black, white, brown and grey. The Pashminas are carefully dyed with metal free organic colors to achieve the desired color. There are two dying methods used. One is Yarn dying wherein the Pashmina Cashmere or Blended yarn is dyed before the weaving. In other method; the wrap is dyed as a whole after weaving. Generally yarn dying is used to produce designer Pashminas like stripes, boxes, basket weave designs etc. Home Of Pashmina uses only Organic Metal Free AZO Friendly dyes for coloring our Pashminas.
Pashminas from Home Of Pashmina come in various blends. Pure Pashmina – made with 100% Cashmere is the softest and delicate. It is exceptionally warm and gives a luxurious feel. Silk Blended Pashmina comes in two varieties – yarn blended and woven blended. Yarn blended Silk Pashmina uses high quality of Cashmere at 80% or Higher Concentration and very little amount of silk just to give luster and rich feel. Other popular blend is 70% Cashmere and 20% silk. It is closely woven fabric that can handle common day usage slightly better than pure variety. 50% Cashmere and 50% Silk Blends lend itself to very nice Designer Pashminas.
Jacquard Pashminas are the ones in which a design is woven in the wrap using its native threads. This kind of Pashmina needs lot of artistry and uses multiple ply (mostly two 2-Ply threads) and looks gorgeous. The design is inlaid into the Pashmina and it gives a very rich look. Jacquard Pashminas may be made of Pure cashmere or silk blend based on the label of contents.
Print Pashminas at Home Of Pashmina are high quality 70% Cashmere and 30% silk since printing requires a closer weave fabric and some shine to look luxurious.
If you have any questions, please feel free to send us e-mail at Contact@HomeOfPashmina.com or call us at 1-800-757-2297 during the office hours. We will be glad to handle any questions you may have.
Home Of Pashmina is an EcoWindward Brand. EcoWindward LLC was created in 2009 with a sole purpose of attracting the traditional work from people across the work and giving it business wings that will help the tradition grow. EcoWindward takes great care that its brands sell only genuine and eco-friendly products and adhere to fair trade practices.