What You Need to Know Before Buying A Pashmina Shawl

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If you have personally seen an authentic pashmina shawl then it would not be a wonder why you will want to keep one. Its delicate fabric with its heavenly softness is carefully crafted by skillful hands making it indeed a rare treasure.

In addition to that, there came a time when it was considered a very royal piece of clothing. Whatever you are wearing, it can turn any attire into stunning works of art. If you consider buying a pashmina shawl, there will be a need for you to understand what it is.

What is a pashmina shawl?

First and foremost, it is a rare kind of cashmere wool. It is rare because you cannot find any other source for this wool except for the goats that are bred in the Himalayas. This comes from the wool growing under the bellies of these goats. It was called pashmina because of the Persian word “pashm” which means underside.

Tons of hard work is behind these fashionable accessories. When the winter coats from the goats are produced, they are manually brushed to obtain the soft wool.

A genuine pashmina shawl is made by handcrafting it from the first step to the last. For that reason, it has become an expensive fashion accessory. This shawl is also available for a limited amount of time during days when winter is closing in.

Pashmina shawls – silky, smooth and shiny.

You might also notice that a pashmina shawl is silky, smooth and shiny. This is because the original wool is so soft that it is not a good material enough to be used as a scarf. Using one will only result to tearing up fast and deterioration. That is the reason why pashmina silk shawls are made with twenty to thirty percent of silk in them depending on the quality.

However, there are still pure pashmina that can be seen, but an advisable step is to choose those interwoven with silk as it lasts longer. There are also synthetic blends with pashmina scarves but it does not luster like the pashmina silk combination. But you can still purchase that kind since it is also durable, cheap and soft to the skin.

Differentiating between authentic and synthetic

The two types – authentic and synthetic – may be hard to differentiate one from the other but both have relatively unique features. One way of knowing if it is made from authentic fabric is with the use of your ring. A genuine one will slide in easily without trouble. It will also be noticeably soft, shiny and gentle to the skin.

It is always important to know a bit of history and background when it comes to shopping. Well, not only in shopping for a cashmere pashmina, but also with other things you need.

Knowing the significant facts will help you in choosing the right one. Now all you need to do is look for the one that suits your budget and style.

You may also want to give a pashmina shawl as a gift to your friends, it being a very special fashion accessory.

Jake Gyllenhaal’s Hot and Cold Pashmina Shawl

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Jake Gyllenhaal – actor and fashionista

Jake Gyllenhaal is one of the best actors who can do his roles effectively whether it is comical or dramatic. Seeing the Bubble Boy from year 2001, he was still a very young actor portraying a special boy. His acting evolved over time and his fashion choice as well.

Among his fashion preferences, he considers pashmina shawls to be part of his wardrobe. If you mention pashmina shawl, people would not react the way they used to, like “What is it?”

A classy cashmere pashmina scarf are already recognized by thousands of designers and celebrities around the globe. From the hot shades of the deserts to the cold regions, it has become a staple fashion accessory to those who are conscious of looking good.

Besides its fashion statement, the primary reason why one wears one is to keep them warm. Continue reading “Jake Gyllenhaal’s Hot and Cold Pashmina Shawl”

Gift Ideas – Pashmina Shawl with Cashmere Socks

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Gift Ideas

If you are thinking of a Christmas gift or a birthday gift, a pashmina shawl is an excellent choice. It may be the perfect Christmas gift but there is one thing wrong with it being given on that day too. It is already half past the winter season. That means that your recipient only has a few days left to brag his or her new pashmina shawl.

To have it given to him a lot earlier than that, why not give it for his birthday instead? People whose birthday falls on autumn through winter are the perfect recipients for such a wonderful gift. Those born in September to October will be delighted with this fashion accessory.

Pashmina – a naturally soft material

The pashmina material is naturally soft coming from the goats where they are produced from. Because it is all skin, you do not have to worry about getting skin irritations.

Unlike commercial fabrics that tend to put too much friction when it meets your skin, a pashmina shawl would not be like that. It can give you a suitable amount of heat with its warming features.

Given the fact that it is soft and thin, it can still give you warmth that other bulky and large thermal clothing will provide you. For that reason, you do not need to wear large uncomfortable jackets just to keep the body warmth in. The cashmere pashmina can be worn even on the coldest of the winter days and still be warm.

Less clothing means more warmth in this aspect. Now you can wear your favorite attire even on an extremely chilly winter day.

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Luxurious cashmere socks

Pashmina shawl and socks

If you decided to give a pashmina shawl to your birthday buddy, there is also something you might give as a bonus, a cashmere socks pair. Both will make a great pair as they will do an excellent job in warming the body. And because they are both light in weight, you can even send them through snail mail without having to worry about paying too much. It can fit in a small parcel which is quite cheap depending on what delivery service are you going to trust your package with. Pashmina shawl items can last a decade or so when well taken care of. But remember it will only last if you want to if you take the right procedures of washing it.

Regular cleaning of the gift

The socks will need regular washing, but the pashmina shawl will not. You can wash the pashmina shawl even just once  a month or yearly; if it is not that dirty yet. The socks can accumulate dirt more than the shawl, so it should be washed every after use.

So, go ahead and check to see who is going to celebrate their birthday before winter starts. I am one of the people who find it hard to look for the right gift for my friends. With a pashmina shawl, you can never go wrong with it being a birthday gift. It will be very useful to the one you are going to give it to, for a long time!