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 pashmina shawls are 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?”

These classy cashmere pashmina scarves 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.

Jakes pashmina shawls

At the Santa Barbara Film Festival, Jake wears a black hat, black pashmina shawl and black suit. Judging from the color he chose, this is indeed one formal occasion to attend to. He looks very refined in his clothes – a gentleman. I love him wearing this kind of hat as it adds classiness to his overall appearance.

Jakes hot and cold pashmina shawl
Jakes hot and cold pashmina shawl

Amidst the strong rays of the sun, Jake wears a gray hat and shawl with his casual getup. Paired with vintage sunglasses, it tells us of a usual day for a very famous Jake Gyllenhaal. His shawl has different tones from light to dark. It matches the black and gray colors in his hat too.

One thing to notice with Jake is he wears a hat with his pashmina shawl most of the time. In a colder day than the last, he wears another hat but with a long-sleeved shirt this time. It must be his personal choice of matching a pashmina scarf with a corresponding hat. This boy has got some taste, I dare say!

Prince of Persia

In the sandy deserts of Persia from his hit movie the Prince of Persia, a movie version of the popular game, we also see him making use of a shawl. In lands as hot as theirs, it is no wonder that people wear it for different purposes, and one of which is protecting their skins from the harsh sun. A pashmina wrap can be seen being worn by most people there especially with royalty. The craft of making these stoles is tedious therefore the price that goes along with it is not friendly to the common people.

The pashmina shawl a winter and summer protector

Protecting yourself from the heat or cold is what BOTH a pashmina shawl can do. It is very unlikely that other fashion accessories can do this too. A jacket would not be able to give you comfort from a very hot day unless you want to sweat all day in it.

Numerous men and women now appreciate the different comforts a pashmina scarf can give. From the extensive list of celebrities who like wearing these shawls, Jake Gyllenhaal is one splendid example of facing the hot and cold weather and still looking good while he is at it.

Two Quick and Easy Ways to Tie a Pashmina Shawl

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Tying a pashmina shawl – 2 easy ways

Pashmina shawls are much wanted among many men and women today that owning one is indeed a treasure. It is such because of the benefits one can get from simply wearing it. A pashmina shawl being cashmere makes it a great item not only for warmth but the added fashion factor it has.

A cashmere pashmina  is a great fashion accessory particularly when the winter season comes during the holidays. Even though the nature of these shawls is soft, they are made stronger by careful craftsmanship of various skilled pros in the field. Because it is soft and at the same time strong, it is a valuable piece of fashion accessory. However, there are only few countries who manufacture such accessory making it a bit costly.

During the winter months

During cold seasons, a cashmere shawl greatly helps in keeping the neck warm when worn. It can also cool you down during the summer. There are separate ways a pashmina shawl can be worn and it all depends how you want it to look with your outfit.

Tie a pashmina shawl – 1

The primary and most usual way of wearing a pashmina includes two steps. First, put it over your head and let it cover your nape. Bring the two ends in front and tie it together like that of a knot. Most women, and men included, prefer this because it is a quick step especially if you are on the go.

I often see a lot of office ladies in the morning wear it like this – maybe because they were hurrying off. For some men, they make it as an alternative to their neckties.

When you are in your office clothes, it matches blazers too. Neckties can sometimes be boring to wear even if you have a new one. Not that you should get rid of your ties, but it always is good to feel and see men try out different sorts of fashion statements.

Tie a pashmina shawl – 2

Another one is having imbalanced ends. Do the same step as above but this time, let one end be longer than the other. This type of tying a pashmina shawl is more appropriate with a casual look.

You can even spice it up more with a colorful pin or brooch of your liking. Brooches like flowers, angels and stars are popular choices. Although it would look good with an office attire, maintaining the formal aspect in a formal set of clothes will always be better.

Try wearing it with jeans or skirts, when you plan to go out with your girlfriends. For men, you can also try this out especially when you are wearing jackets or blazers. Let the ends hang loosely on front for that sophisticated add on.

It depends where and when you are going to wear your pashmina shawl but the above two are the easiest ways to glam up even when you are in a hurry. You do not need to spend too much time in front of the mirror because the presence of a pashmina shawl itself adds fab without too much effort.

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  shawl 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!