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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.

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 Ply's are your pashmina & cashmere products?
Ply's 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 ply's:

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.

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.

Where are your pashmina and cashmere products made?
Pashmina wraps and shawls, full length cashmere robes, throws and blankets are all made in Nepal.

Cashmere overcoats, short robes, jackets, pants, hats, gloves, socks and travel sets are made in China.

Cashmere sweaters and scarves are made both in Nepal and China.

Where can I view the colors offered?
To see our color guide, please click here.

How do I select the correct size?
To see our sizing guide, 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.

Why should we order from your online store?
Our company has been an online retailer of pashmina and cashmere products since 1999, with more than 40,000 satisfied customers all over the globe.

We are proud to have a stellar track record with fabulous customer testimonials, which you can read by clicking here. We also offer 100% satisfaction guarantee to all our customers.

Finally, we sell only "Grade-A" cashmere products. Customers are welcome to order from multiple sources to compare our superior quality with that of any other online retailer.

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