Frequently Asked Questions

Pashmina shawls are cruelty-free. They are made by collecting undercoat hair from the belly of the goats which they shed during spring time. These hairs are collected by combing the goat gently. By next winter, these goats regrow these hairs. Therefore, the making of Pashmina causes no harm to the goats and hence it is totally legal to make and sell.

Pashmina shawls are best for winters. They work as insulators and keep the heat inside, preventing the cold wind to touch the skin. Whether you are dealing with an unpredictable drop of temperature in the evening or full-fledged winter season, it completely covers you and gives you the desired warmth.

There are many reasons as to why Pashmina is more costly than other woolen shawls and scarves. Firstly, Pashmina goats are found in exclusive regions around the world with high altitudes, Pakistan being one of them. However, these goats are gradually nearing extinction and have become quite rare. Secondly, attaining the wool from the goats can only be done ONCE a year. The process of production of Pashmina is quite time consuming and intricate which requires ample skill.

Both generic cashmere and Pashmina come from the same goat, but generic cashmere ranges from 12–21 microns in diameter, whereas pashmina refers only to those fibers that range from 12–16 microns.

Dry cleaning is the ideal and preferred method of cleaning Pashmina and Cashmere. However, you can occasionally hand wash it with cold water and mild detergent. It is not recommended to wring Pashmina so using a dryer must be avoided.

Pashmina is exclusively made in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Mongolia, Nepal, Iran and India.

The process of making these shawls starts in the glory of spring when the Pashmina goats shed their under-belly hairs, which lies under the layer of course and thick outer hair. These are then gathered through combing the goats thoroughly. The process is tender and does not harm the goats as the hair is gathered through gentle caressing and combing. These hairs are regrown by the next winters. Once, the hair is attained from the goats, it is stretched to clean any impurities. Later, it is glued with pounded rice, to provide it strength, moisture and extra softness. The process is followed by spinning, weaving, cleaning, dying and steaming/ironing. The whole complex procedure is exclusively done by hand.

Pashmina scarves and shawls are incredibly flexible pieces. Men and women both u can wear them anytime of the year. Pashmina is for everyone and for all seasons. There are many ways to style your Pashmina and play around with your shawl and scarf to experiment a bit.

Pashmina is pronounced as: pash·mee·nuh

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