Pashmina FAQs


What is pashmina?
Pashmina is the Indian/Persian name for cashmere, which is collected in the high plateau regions of Kashmir, Nepal and the central plains of Inner Mongolia.
Cashmere is the down of the Capra Hircus goat, which is found at elevations of 14,000 feet and above, where temperatures rarely rise above minus 30 degrees centigrade in winter. Pashmina is the goat's soft underbelly down, which lies under the coarse outer hair. Each goat produces only about 3 ounces or 90 grams of cashmere wool each year. One woven Pashmina shawl requires the fiber from three goats.

What is the difference between pashmina & cashmere?
There is absolutely no difference between the two. Pashmina is the Indian/Persian word for cashmere. The word "cashmere" is derived from the Kashmir region of India, whereas Pashmina is the original name for the same fiber.

How is a pashmina made?
Please click here to view how a pashmina is made.

What are the different grades of cashmere?
Cashmere is available in several grades, including "Grade-A", "Grade-B" and so on. We offer only the highest quality cashmere products made with "Grade-A" cashmere. The best grade of cashmere is 14-15.5 microns in diameter and all the pashmina and cashmere products that we offer are made with this very fine grade of cashmere.

How many Plys are your pashmina & cashmere products?
Plys are strands of yarn twisted together to make one piece of yarn. Two-ply is thicker than one-ply, and so on. Our products are offered in the following plys:
Pashmina & Silk Shawls, Wraps and
Scarves
2 ply
Pure Pashmina Shawls and Wraps
3 Ply
Cashmere Scarves, Robes & Throws
3 and 4 ply
Cashmere Sweaters
2 and 4 ply
Cashmere Blankets & Overcoats
4 ply
Cashmere Hats, Gloves & Socks
2 Ply

What is the difference between the pure pashmina & the pashmina with silk blend?
Our pure pashminas, all our cashmere apparel, throws and blankets are made with 100% pure cashmere and do not contain any silk in it. The pure pashmina is softer, warmer and heavier than the pashmina-silk blends.
The pashminas with silk are woven with silk running the length of the weave, and cashmere on the width of the weave. Hand-weaving gives the shawl its distinctive character and produces its slender drape, elegant silk sheen, and soft, delicate feel. It';s no wonder the shawl has become a fashion favorite.
This weave, combining silk and Pashmina, was first produced in the 15th century, and has been hand made in India and Nepal ever since.
The content of our pashminas with silk blends ranges from 65% to 70% pashmina with 30% to 35% silk. Shawl-making in Nepal and India is not a science but an art—a craft involving many hand processes. As such, the exact content of Pashmina and silk may vary slightly from shawl to shawl.


Can I see a close up of the different weaves?
Please click here to see a close up of the different weaves of pashminas.

What is the fringe like on your shawls, scarves & throws?
All our pashmina shawls, wraps, scarves and throws have tassels at both ends. The tassels are about 3" to 4" long and are twisted and knotted at the end. The length of the tassels in not included in the given dimensions of these items.
The 4 Ply cashmere scarves, as well as, the cashmere plaid scarves have a 3" straight fringe at each end, which is neither twisted nor
knotted at the end.

What are the different styles of wearing a pashmina?
To view the different styles of wearing a pashmina, please click here.

How do I care for my pashmina and cashmere products?
We recommend dry cleaning all pashmina and cashmere products. For more information on how to care for cashmere products, please click here.