What (Really) is a Pashmina?

Mon, Jun 06, 2016 @ 04:10 PM


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In general,  the term "pashmina" gets used pretty loosely. Without thinking about it, any large format shawl or wrap tends to be referred to as a pashmina. 

But that's wrong!

Pashmina is actually a special kind of wool that only comes from the outer skin of goats living in the high altitude Himalayas. As only approximately 4 to 8 ounces of Pashmina fibre is shed by each goal annually, it takes a lot of goats to make true pashminas!

While we undoubtedly admire the quality of well-crafted true pashmina or cashmere (kashmir) pashmina shawls, they can be very expensive. The pashmina-style shawl or wrap is now often made from blends of materials that create a silky soft fabric without the high price!

Our pashmina-style shawls and wraps are finely woven from a smooth, soft cotton poly/viscose blend and are so fine, they can be drawn through a ring with ease!


How did Pashminas become so popular?

Well, totally aside from their beauty and warmth, you can probably (to some extent) blame Napoleon Bonaparte. He presented a Cashmere Pashmina Shawl to his wife, Josephine. Ladies of the court spread the news like wildfire, creating a "craze" for Pashminas all over Europe.

Today, pashmina-style shawls and wraps are an essential fashion accessory. 

We have several collections of pashmina-style shawls and wraps and will be releasing additional collections over the next few weeks. 

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Mustafa Salemwalla

Written by Mustafa Salemwalla

Mustafa hails from Tanzania and spent 30 years getting to know the magnificent continent of Africa. Hence his passion for African art, sculpture, fashion and empowerment of artisans.

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