Knowing your Pashmina and steps to taking care of it
Pashmina, also known as the “Diamond Fiber” and “The soft gold of high Asia” is reportedly the finest, softest and the warmest wool found in nature. It is derived from the under belly of the “Capra Hircus”, the mountain goat or as locally known “Changrya”, found in the remote regions of the Himalayas above 10000 feet from sea level and the Inner Mongolian highlands. The goats are never harmed in the process of producing Pashmina, as it is collected after being naturally shed. This is unlike the process of producing “Shahtoosh”, in which Tibetan antelopes are killed.
Each goat produces only 3 - 8 ounces of wool every year, which can be collected only in the spring, making Pashmina both luxurious and scarce. The wool is then spun into yarns that are woven in handlooms by expert weavers into absolute exclusive and glorious fabric. The caressing fabric is then transformed into mufflers, stoles, scarves, shawls blankets, dress material etc. It takes nearly three days and the annual growth of three goats to produce one hand woven Pashimina shawl.
Pashminas are a treasure. Not surprisingly the ladies of the 18th century court in France and St. Petersburg, as well as Mogul Emperors were enchanted by the regal texture and warmth of the fine fabric. Napoleon reportedly started a fashion craze when he presented a Pashmina shawl to his wife. Two hundred years later Pashmina remains an essential part of the fashionable wardrobe, attesting to the durability and appeal of this classic accessory.
Many tourists have complains on being disillusioned having bought a Pashmina. Let us clear one thing that, there is no any kind of cheap Pashmina. Cheaper the Pashmina, the more of the sheep wool percentage, mixed in it. A Pashmina shawl bought at a price of Nepalese Rs. 400 is a guarantee 0% Pashmina (maybe even very less of sheep wool, more of synthetic fibers) even if their tags say 100% Pashmina. For assurance, when in Nepal, please buy Pashmina from well recognized stores. However if someone says 70% Pashmina/ 30% Silk, it does not necessarily mean it is of bad quality. Silk is generally mixed with Pashmina, to avoid its delicateness, so that a Pashmina can be used for day to day purposes. Some very fine Pashmina shawl can also pass through a ring.
A Pashmina shawl is so delicate, soft and stunning a wear that you want to pass it on to generations. However with passing your Pashmina shawls and scarves, it’s as well crucial to pass during the necessary information and procedure concerning how to escort care of the Pashmina. Pashmina is an extremely soft and delicate fabric that often loses its colors and fine texture due to mishandling or sheer carelessness. Some crucial tips on how to escort care of your delicate Pashmina is given below.
Tips for Taking Care of Your Pashmina
1. The original most important tip for taking care of a Pashmina shawl is to NOT wash it into a detergent. Use a shampoo solution to wash your Pashmina. Preferably hand wash the Pashmina as the fabric is reasonably delicate.
2. Use lukewarm waterway to mix with the shampoo. Avoid waterway at extreme temperatures.
3. Rinse the Pashmina wrap thoroughly till it’s completely free of any shampoo or conditioner remains.
4. Do NOT squeeze or twist. To dry a Pashmina, spread it on a towel and roll into towel to soak the dripping waterway from the Pashmina.
5. Do NOT bleach the Pashmina like other woolen clothes. It will eliminate the softness of your Pashmina.
6. To dry the Pashmina, do NOT put it below direct sunlight or heat. Permit it air dry.
Please feel free to contact us in case you need any information regarding a Pashmina
Nepal Handloom Silk Industry Showroom:
Shop No: 8,
Opposite J.P. High School,
Chakushi Bari, Thamel,
Phone No: +977 - 1 - 4250007
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Fax No : +977 - 1 - 4261069
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