What is the difference between Cashmere and Pashmina?
While both Pashmina and Cashmere are extremely fine textured and provide extremely good insulation, proving to be extremely useful for protection in cold climates. As per US Guidelines, a product may not be called cashmere unless it is made from the fine undercoat fibers produced by a cashmere goat, the average diameter of the fibre of the product does not exceed 19 microns, it does not contain more than 3 percent of cashmere fibers with diameters that exceed 30 microns and the average diameter of the fibre may be subject to a coefficient of variation around the mean that shall not exceed 24 percent.
For the Pashmina wool on the other hand the average diameter of the fibre of the product does not exceed 14-15 microns.
How can I clean my Pashmina?
Pashm shawls should be professionally dry cleaned regularly or you can wash them in cold water with wool detergents like woolite, easy etc only if you are experienced in doing it. Otherwise you can accidentally ruin your wrap. Before dipping make sure that detergent is solved. Do not twist the shawl while washing. Then lay it flat for drying. You can use Steam ironing on low to get rid of wrinkles.
My wrap stinks after using it everyday.
If you are using it on regular basis, pashminas are exposed to different smells and it absorbs them. Dont worry you can air dry it by hanging the wrap. When fresh air passes through, it gets rid of all the smells or you can steam iron it on low. This will helps retain the delicate texture of the shawl.
What is difference between Pashmina and Semi Pashmina?
Pashmina refers to the wool obtained from the fine undercoat fibers produced byb Chantanghi goat from Tibet plateau, the average diameter of the fibre of the product does not exceed 19 microns whereas semi pashmina is blend of pashmina/merino wool with silk in usual percentage of 70-30, and average diameter ranges from 16-20 microns.
How I can store my pashmina?
- Pashm wraps must professionally dry cleaned or laundered before stowage for long periods.
- Freshen your Pashm wraps periodically (preferably once a month) to avoid moths
- It is advisable that you Store your Pashm shawls in a flat storage box with dried Azadirachta indica or Indian Lilac sachets or lavender sachets to repel moths.
- We give a cotton bag with all our shawls. you can use it store your wraps for longer period of times. Cotton bags help them stay away from damp and keep moths away.
My wrap is infested. What shall I do?
If your precious Pashm has already been infested; don’t panic!! Just put the infested article in a sealable plastic bag & place it in the freezer for a couple of days. Then take them out & once they are at room temperature, then lightly dust it & store it back.
Pilling & De-pilling of Cashmere :
The tiny little fuzz balls that are formed with use on the shawls are a natural occurrence. Referred to as "pilling", they are not indicative of bad quality - it is an intrinsic characteristic of the fine cashmere fibre. Take a razor or electric de-bobbler to the shawl. By removing the pills in this way, as opposed to pulling them off, the shawl or wrap will soften even more. If cared for properly, your cashmere will remain in its original luxurious quality.
What is the difference between Shawl, Stole, Wrap and a Scarf?
Shawl means a big rectangular piece of cloth loosely worn over the shoulders, upper body and arms. A stole is narrower than a typical shawl and of simpler construction than a cape. Wrap is a word used for both shawls and stoles. Scarves could be long and thin or square. Usually they are different in terms of their sizes. They are available in a range of sizes, from
Shawl is 36 in × 80 in (0.91 m × 2.03 m)
Stole is 28 in × 80 in (0.71 m × 2.03 m)
Scarf is 12 in × 60 in (0.30 m × 1.52 m)