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FAQ’s

About Pashmina

What is pashmina ?

Pashmina is derived from the word “pashm”, which is a Persian term for wool. It’s made from interlacing fleece threads of Capra Hircus into a decorative textile of unparalleled softness and delicacy.

How is pashmina made ?

The entire pashmina making process is done by hand. Pashmina wool is collected every spring from the mountain goat "Chyangra" (Capra Hircus). Each goat produces only about 3 ounces of pashmina wool each year. With one pashmina shawl needing a minimum of 9 ounces, it takes about three goats to give that much. The yarn is spun on a spinning wheel locally known as 'Charkha' and then woven on a traditional loom. Hand-work is extremely painstaking and time consuming task. It requires immense patience, dexterity and dedication of experienced and expert workers.

How does pashmina look ? What does its feel like ?

Pashmina is made from the finest hair of a rare goat – Chyangra or Capra Hircus. It is recognized globally for its beauty, hand-woven designs and value. Its elegance and exquisite feel imitates antique woven designs that originate from the Kashmir crafts of pre-modern era. The embroidery outlines delicate motifs and patterns, giving it a shape of a garment that goes well with any kind of wear. Pashmina or cashmere as westerners call it, is also woven with silk to make enduring stoles, shawls, scarves and hijabs. While we deal in only 100% authentic, no blends pashmina, cheaper versions are available on other sites and in retail.

Is it the same as cashmere and shahtoosh ?

Pashmina is a term applied to the wool, derived from Capra Hircus, a domestic breed raised primarily at high elevations in Leh region of Kashmir. Cashmere is the western pronunciation of the word "Kashmir", which has gained so much popularity that it is now used to define the fiber that is finer, stronger, lighter, softer and approximately three times more insulating than sheep wool. Shahtoosh, on the other hand, is a fiber derived from the under coat of an endangered Tibetan antelope and is illegal in most Western countries. It is, unbelievably soft, smooth and warm and is much more expensive than pashmina.

Why should I buy a pashmina ?

Pashmina is the fiber made for royals. Its stunning beauty and natural feel makes it a luxurious accessory for special occasions. Plain pashmina shawls are practically weightless (just less than 5 ounces) yet warmer than ordinary wool shawls twice or thrice the weight, not to mention the soft touch that you can never find from a wool shawl! Buying a pashmina is an indulgence for life. Gifting it to someone you love will give a lifetime of pleasure.

What is the value of Pashmina shawls ?

Pashmina shawls are the work of dedication. It requires anything from a week to a decade and even a lifetime to produce a single piece. The ones done with precision, creativity and innovation get nominated for awards and their value naturally goes up. An authentic pashmina does not break or lose its feel ever. It just needs to be taken care of from the moths. If you own an authentic, 100% handmade pashmina with a work as intrinsic as a kani or sonzi, your shawl can fetch you a good amount in the market.

I see references to "100% pashmina", as well as "70% Pashmina and 30% Silk Blended Pashmina" and "50% Pashmina and 50% Silk Blended Pashmina". What's that all about ?

Actually these are the qualities of pashmina wool. 100% pashmina refers to the pure pashmina wool and no silk is blended in 100% pashmina. 70% pashmina and 30% silk blended pashmina refers to pashmina wool that has the mixture of 70% pure pashmina wool and 30% silk. And the 50% pashmina and 50% silk blended pashmina has a mixture of 50% pure pashmina and 50% silk. The best-selling pashminas -- sometimes advertised as "pure" -- are really of 70% wool and 30% silk. Some marketers try to gain a competitive advantage by claiming pure pashmina wool with minor silk blends, but the difference is substantial. True 100% pure pashmina is obviously softer, lighter, finer, luxurious and warmer than silk blends.

What is the difference between cashmere and pashmina ?

Cashmere is the westerners’ pronunciation of the word “Kashmir”, the birthplace of pashmina. It is now used to define the most soft, delicate and royal kind of wool available in the world today.

What other factors contribute to the quality in pashmina or Cashmere shawls ?

The main factors, of course, are the specific fabric blend and the style of looming ("hand" or "machine"). A relatively minor cost factor is the dye.

Somebody got a really fluffy pashmina from Mongolia. How come I don't see pictures of shawls like hers ?

Many first-time cashmere pashmina buyers (including the tourists) are attracted by the fuzzy, shiny look and feel of brushed wraps. Brushing, however, weakens the fiber, induces shedding and turns your wrap into a dust mop in no time.

What's with the dimensions of the "full-size" shawls ?

Conventionally, the full-size pashmina cashmere shawl is supposed to measure 40” X 80”. Remember that these are supposed to be hand-woven, with some variability in weaving style, loom tension and so on: naturally there is inconsistency in the precise measurements.

Somebody says to get a “four-ply” shawl. I kind of like the "two-ply." What do you think ?

"Four-ply" shawls are made by doubling up the pashmina threads. The result is a thicker cloth, which might feel plusher. However, with pashmina, lightness is the prime factor. One ply pashmina shawls are made in double pashmina threads. Therefore they are lighter and softer than the four ply pashmina shawls. The warmth of the pashmina is not much different because the wool of the Chyangra (Capra Hircus) goat keeps warm. There is nothing else that is different between the two types of pashmina products.

What ply are our products ?

All our Shawls, stoles, scarves, hijabs & sarees are woven with the light “two ply” yarns. Our blankets, throws, ponchos & bathrobes however, are all “three-ply” & “four-ply” to add density & thickness to the product.

What is a "ring shawl" ?

The "ring shawl" is a full-sized 100% pure pashmina shawl that theoretically is fine enough to pass through a ring. Longer, finer fibers are better because they are much softer, that's why a large (80” x 40”) shawl made of finest cashmere fibers can pass through a ring. This kind of precious Pashmina shawl is known as the ring shawl because it is so fine that it can easily pass through a woman's ring. This shawl is so elegant and luxurious you'll love it at first sight. It conveys not only affluence but also taste and elegance.

Is pashmina machine made ?

No. Pure pashmina is 100% handmade. Making it from machine takes away the essence, softness and exclusiveness that it stands for, forcing it to look like just another fabric. Pashmina weaving is an art that artisans have learnt through generations. Their precision, attention to detail and overall layout of designs is a matchless talent that needs to be nurtured, not killed. It takes only two minutes for a machine shawl to get made, whereas one whole month for an artisan to make a single wrap, because the work requires him to needle every single thread by hand.

Why don’t you support machine-made pashmina ?

Pashmina.com is against machine-made merchandize which is slowly killing the market in the beautiful Kashmir valley. Our endeavor revolves around making the lives of pashmina artisans better. We are in the industry to endorse their skills, stand for their rights and the art that they create through their looms.

Why is pashmina expensive ?

Kashmiri Pashmina is the finest, most exquisite fiber ever made. It has taken centuries of experimentation and refinement to raise this traditional practice of shawl making from a necessity to a unique textile art. Kashmir is the only place in the world where fine embroidered pashmina shawls are being woven. Despite upheavals, the art of making the pashmina shawls in Kashmir is unique and is still practiced in traditional way by local artisans.

Where do you procure your pashmina from ?

The pashm wool comes from a special breed of goat indigenous to high altitudes of the Himalayan Mountains. The special goat's fleece has been used for thousands of years to make high-quality shawls that also bear the same name. We procure our pashmina directly from the tribe to ensure that its quality is maintained at every step.

How many goats does it take to make one cashmere pashmina shawl ?

A single pashmina plain shawl requires wool from about three goats.

How do you define the refinedness of pashmina ?

Real pashminas are very soft and warm to touch, owing to the thickness of the hair. The test for a quality pashmina is the warmth, feel and the passing the shawl through a wedding ring. The fineness of the pashm wool is between 14-16 microns in contrast to the fines sheep‘s wool which is 23 microns and of human hair which is up to 200 microns.

Why is pashmina handmade and hand embroidered ?

An authentic pashmina is always handmade and hand embroidered with a very fine thread. Only a talented artisan can create skillful shawls with intricate work, which gives pashmina its grace and glory. Depending on the work, a single pashmina piece may take anywhere between a week to a decade to complete.

Would a pashmina cashmere shawl fit someone of 5ft 6 ?

Yes, it will. The person may choose to use it as an accessory to cover shoulders or a full fledge shawl for warmth in winters.

Is your pashmina made in China ?

No. The authentic pashmina is made only in Kashmir, India, the birthplace of pashmina. It is hand woven and hand embroidered. Cheap, blended Mongolian and Chinese pashmina products are available in the market at a fraction of the cost, but they do not have the grace, genuine and luxurious feel of a pure pashmina.

Is pashmina very soft to the touch ?

Yes. Pashmina is a delicate fiber & fabric made out of it retains its basic characteristics even after years of use.

What is the best place to find pure white pashmina in NYC or online ?

What is the best place to find pure white pashmina in NYC or online ? You may order from our website. All our products are hand woven and come with a quality certificate that marks the authenticity of the fiber.

Buying pashmina shawls on ebay... Are they true pashmina or faux pashmina ?

We can’t say whether it will be true or fake, but can assure you that whatever you buy from us will be 100% authentic.

Draping a pashmina

What are the best ways to wear a pashmina ?

Pashmina is one of those versatile accessories that can be worn in multiple ways. You can wear it as a shawl or drape it on shoulders in a chilly weather. A shawl can be made folded into a wrap and worn like a stole. A pashmina can become a head scarf or a shorter scarf around the neck. You can also carry a pashmina to dress up a shirt, western dress or long/short coats.

Can a cashmere pashmina scarf be used as an accessory with evening wear ?

Yes. In fact, the grace and elegance of a pashmina scarf adds to the beauty of the dress in more ways than you can imagine.

Does pashmina keep you warm on a cool evening at the beach ?

Pashmina’s beauty is in its diversity. It can be worn on shoulder on a cool evening on a beach or used as a wrap during evening strolls or even those long nights around bonfire.

Does the pashmina scarf contain wool ?

Yes. Pashmina is a kind of wool. It is the lightest, softest, finest and most exquisite kind of cashmere wool to be ever discovered and is a fabric for the royals.

Pashmina as Gifts

How good is pashmina as a wedding gift ?

A cashmere pashmina is among the most popular gifts for a bride or groom to receive on their wedding day. We take the guesswork out of what to look for when you are shopping for the newlyweds. To celebrate the launch of this unique program, we have partnered with Swarovski to offer limited edition crystalized selection.

Can I gift pashmina to my relatives in the wedding ?

Yes, you may. Wedding organizers can now choose from our wide range of pure pashmina shawls, wraps and stoles as presents for the close relatives and friends and remove one more thing from their wedding to-do list. With us, you make ordering a smooth and simple process. Designed with all the age groups in mind, you can check the collection anytime or give us a call. Our associates will provide white glove treatment and will work with you to choose the most suitable pieces, all within your budget.

Do you do personalized pashmina invites ?

Yes, we do. With us, you can customize your order online to reflect your personal style. Get a hand embroidered, printed and Swarovski crystalized wedding invitation on a handmade pashmina, which can also be used as a thank you note for that personalized touch.

Do you have a special collection for bridesmaids and groomsmen gifts ?

Your bridesmaids and groomsmen help you to plan the biggest day of your life. Say thank you for their love with cashmere pashmina as a token of your appreciation. You can check our scarves, stoles, shawls & hijab collection to show your gratitude to these special people and give them something to remember your day fondly.

Can I order pashmina for a friend ?

Yes, you can. Those special people, who define your life, are there to support you through every turn, deserve to be treated in a special way. Give their presence a definite meaning with a customized cashmere pashmina to let them know what they mean!

Personalization

What are the personalization possibilities that you offer ?

We give you the option to customize your choice of color, monogramming, embroidering a special message or the Swarovski design pattern on your pashmina product. You can also order bespoke packaging.

How many colors can a pashmina stole be made in ?

We can make a pashmina in any of the 2600-strong Pantone shade of your choice.

What are the personalized monograms that I can opt for ?

You can choose wedding initials, important dates, recognizable symbols or even quotes of your liking to make your pashmina memorable. Whatever you choose, we will get them hand-embroidered by experienced and professional craftsmen who have the talent to convert elegant pieces into an extraordinary gesture for life.

Do you embellish with Swarovski crystals too ?

Yes, we do. Our tie-up with Swarovski allows us to add a touch of glamour and luxury to increase your pashmina’s beauty. Benefit from the highest quality, flexible customization options and a wide product range from mass distribution to highly exclusive gift options.

What are the personalized packing options for me to choose from ?

You may choose to present your pashmina gift in a personalized packet with the beautiful black satin storage box that is surely bound to impress. Within the box, our luxurious pashmina reaches out to your loved one with a unique personal touch to ensure that your gift remains cherished for long.

About Pashmina.com

Are your pashmina products really as good as the stuff they're selling at the retail stores ?

In a word, they are actually better. Pashmina is a 100% hand-made product. Its quality depends upon the making process. Special care is taken to make it finer, tighter, warmer and luxurious than the machine made pashmina garments or pashmina products. The average diameter of the pure pashmina is 14-16 Micron. Do not be misled by fancy designer labels! Most machine made pashmina textiles are not authentic. They have a mix of synthetic or silk blends. Pure cashmere pashminas have been hand woven only in Kashmir since centuries; the big names got attached to it much later. Actually, some of the pashmina shawls or pashmina stoles sold by the biggest importers are machine-made: that's the only way they can assure themselves of a reliable supply, not to mention lower cost.

I've seen some pashminas that are a lot cheaper than the products you offer. What is the difference ?

Well the main answer of this question lies in the quality of pashmina products we offer. Some of the shawls and scarves being marketed as pashmina are made in inferior quality. They are not bad, but are just not authentic. Even the shawls, stoles and scarves sold under designer labels as pashmina are made by machine and blended with silk or synthetic fibers. Sadly, the word "pashmina" has acquired a rather broad generic meaning. In fact, the shawls, stoles, scarves that are most popular in the west today are made from a blend of pashmina wool and silk, yet everyone refers them as "pashmina."

How do I make a purchase on Pashmina.com ?

You can shop on Pashmina.com by browsing through our various categories or by entering a keyword in the search bar and clicking on the button. You can then refine your search by type of product, color and price. Once you have done that add your items to your shopping bag and move on to the next step.

Purchasing your Pashmina

Do I need to set up an account to make a purchase on Pashmina.com ?

Yes, in order to shop with Pashmina.com you will need to create an account. Registering comes with the following benefits:

  • Track your orders and review past purchases
  • Add products you love to your Wish List, which is then sharable
  • Save your address(es), making your next visit to Pashmina.com even quicker

 

Can I change my mind or amend my order once it has been placed ?

Because all orders are fulfilled directly by us through the artisans it will depend on the stage at which you cancel it. Please contact us directly to try to amend your order. If you wish to cancel your order entirely please contact Pashmina.com Customer Service and we will do our utmost to assist you.

Who do I contact with questions about payment ?

Should you have any questions about your payment please contact Pashmina.com. You can use our contact form (we will respond within 24 Hours) or chat with us when we are online. Alternatively, you can reach our customer service representatives via mail at Support@@Pashmina.com

Is my personal information kept private ?

Yes, your personal information is always kept private. Pashmina.com will never sell, give away or use data collected from you for any purpose whatsoever, other than for processing your order(s) in order to create an effective shopping profile that gives you the most efficient, simple and quick user experience possible. For more information, please read our Privacy Policy in full.

I've forgotten my password. What should I do ?

If you have forgotten your password, click here to change it or follow the 'FORGOT PASSWORD' instructions on the SIGN IN page

Are the colours of products shown on the website accurate ?

While we have made every effort to display as accurately as possible the colours of the products that appear on the Site, we cannot guarantee that your monitor or screen’s display will be completely accurate, as computer monitors and screens of electronic devices vary.

How do I know if an item is in stock ?

All items are in stock unless ‘SOLD OUT’ is displayed. Please be aware that even if an item is in your shopping bag, it can still be bought by another customer until you have completed your order. If the product you want to buy is out of stock, please email Hello@@pashmina.com to find out if there is a backorder for that item (you will need to be a registered user for this).

What payment methods does Pashmina.com accept ?

 

  • International order : Our payment gateway is PayPal, which accepts global payment options.
  • Indian orders : Our payment gateway is PAYU which accepts all payment options including credit cards, debit cards, net banking, wallets etc.

 

Is it safe to use my credit card online at Pashmina.com ?

At Pashmina.com, your personal online security is important to us. We use the latest SSL encryption technology to store and safely transmit your personal and credit card information through our systems. All orders are processed through a secure checkout system. Additionally, for your safety and protection, we will confirm that the billing address you provide matches the address on file with your credit card company. You may also choose to securely store your credit card or debit card details with us. This means you will not have to enter them again during future purchases, making it quicker and simpler to shop at Pashmina.com.

Why do I need to re-enter my credit card details when I add a new address ?

For your security, whenever you request delivery to a new address we will ask you to provide new credit or debit card details (if you have previously stored them with us). This means that if someone guesses your password and tries to make an order using your account, they will be unable to do so. We hope you understand that this is a valuable precaution designed to protect your personal information.

Does Pashmina.com ship to multiple addresses ?

Unfortunately, you may only ship to one address per order. If your order contains gifts or items that require shipping to multiple locations, you will need to place separate orders for each address. For corporate orders, please contact Hello@@pashmina.com for assistance.

Do I need to sign for my order ?

Due to the high value of the goods that we sell, we require proof of delivery for all orders. This means we are unable to authorize packages to be delivered without a signature.

Can I change my shipping address after my order has been dispatched ?

We are unfortunately unable to redirect orders once your items have been dispatched. Therefore, please ensure you provide a suitable shipping address for the specified delivery times.

Can I add items to an existing order ?

Unfortunately, it is not possible to combine orders or add items to an existing order. If you would like all your items to be delivered together, you will need to cancel your previous order(s) and place a new order which contains all the items you require.

How will I know you received my order & when will payment be deducted ?

After you place your order your card will be debited immediately & you will be sent an email confirming that your order has been received.

Where is my order ?

We to aim to dispatch all orders within 3-4 days for uncustomized products & within 7 days for customized products. Estimated delivery times are to be used as a guide only and commence from the date of dispatch, Pashmina.com is not responsible for any delays caused by destination customs clearance processes.

Once your order has been shipped, you will receive email confirmation of your shipping details and a tracking number. If you have registered, you will be able to view and track the status of your shipment by signing in and selecting MY ACCOUNT followed by ORDER STATUS. If you are not registered, sign up now so you can track future orders.

How do I remove saved credit card details ?

There are two ways to remove previously saved credit card details:
- Edit or add a new shipping or billing address.
- During your next purchase, simply unselect the option "remember my payment details" on the payment page.

Shipping & Delivery

How can I track my order ?

Once your order is shipped, you will receive an email notification from the carrier that is handling the order for your country. Click here to find out which carrier will deliver your parcel. If you are a registered user, login to obtain your order status update.

If you have any questions about tracking your shipment, please Contact Us via our Help Center or our Email Address – Hello@@pashmina.com or online chat on our website.

Where can I ship my order to ?

Please go through our shipping & delivery page for having a detailed understanding of the same.

What shipping options are available to me ?

Please refer to your pashmina product order page in My Account to find out what shipping options are available for your country with the related cost and lead times.

Do you ship to PO boxes ?

Unfortunately, Pashmina.com does not ship to PO boxes at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience.

My order didn't arrive.

If your order didn't arrive on the expected delivery date please get in contact with our customer service department, contact us.

Can I change my delivery address ?

If you would like to change the delivery address please contact us.

Can I ship with express / priority service ?

Yes, you can avail our express service at a very marginalized cost. However, please note that this service is available only for selected countries. For delivery times and cost for all countries, please refer to our shipping page or contact us at Hello@@pashmina.com.

How long before I receive my order ?

Please refer to your pashmina product order page in order to find out delivery lead times.

What are the shipping costs ?

All products of Pashmina.com are shipped free of cost. We provide free global delivery to the locations possible with our Partner FEDEX. The only reason you would see the shipping charge as additional in your cart is if you are buying from India but shipping outside India as our Indian pricing only includes domestic freight or if the location is a premium freight location for FEDEX, in that case the additional premium would be charged. We ship all the items with 3-4 working days from receipt of order for products without monogram and a maximum of 7 working days for products with monogram or other customization.

However, there may be some additional charges if you opt for express delivery. It is automatically applied during checkout for all qualifying orders.

Who will deliver my order ?

Please refer to this overview to understand which carrier will deliver your order.

Can I deliver to a pick up point ?

Please refer to this overview for the delivery options available for your location.

Why are shipping restrictions applied to some items ?

Due to domestic and international trading agreements and regulations, Pashmina.com is obliged to adhere to particular shipping restrictions.

If you add a product to your shopping bag that we are not permitted to ship to your country, the site will automatically identify it and prompt you to remove it. To proceed with purchasing this item, you would need to ship it to a different destination address. For more information, please read our SHIPPING INFORMATION.

How much duties and taxes will I have to pay ?

 

  • For Indian Customers :
    Product prices displayed are inclusive of all taxes and duties.
  • For International Customers:
    Product Prices displayed are exclusive of all import duties. As the recipient, you are liable for all import duties, customs and local sales taxes levied by the country you are in, payment of these at the time of delivery is necessary to release your order from customs on arrival.

 

Is my package insured ?

All items are insured against theft and accidental damage whilst in transit from Pashmina.com to the shipping address. Once your items have been delivered to the specified delivery address and signed for, they are no longer covered by insurance.

If your box is damaged upon arrival, we recommend that you either refuse the delivery or make a note when signing for it that you are accepting a damaged box.

What packaging will my order be shipped in ?

Your order will be delivered to you in our luxurious signature black boxes* which not only look fabulous, but make the perfect storage solution!
* We are unfortunately only able to include one box per order.

Pashmina Care

Can my pashmina scarf be dry-cleaned ?

Yes it can and we recommend you do that rather than hand-washing. Dry-cleaning uses advanced technology that makes it feel more special and eventually lengthens its life.

Can I machine wash my pashmina scarf ?

We would not recommend that. Pashmina is a very delicate fabric whose strands may get destroyed by the harsh wash of a machine.

What type of soap or detergent should I use for washing a pashmina at home ?

We recommend that you do not wash the pashmina product at home & only send it to a professional dry cleaner.

How should I store my pashmina cashmere scarf when I am not wearing it ?

If you are putting your scarf away for the summer, fold it and place it in a plastic bag. Store with a natural moth repellent such as a lavender sachet or dried neem leaves.

How can I prevent pilling in pashmina scarves ?

Since scarves are relatively smaller than shawls, they don’t suffer the same friction as larger garments. Generally, taking care with dry cleaning, as recommended, helps to avoid pilling. However, it is the natural tendency for short fibres like wool to pill with use over time.

Can I use bleach while washing my pashmina at home ?

No. never use a bleach on pashmina, it will destroy the fabric permanently, pashmina cashmere is a very refined, delicate wool and care must be taken to help it retain it’s look and the feel.

Can cashmere pashmina be repaired ?

Pashmina is an expensive fabric that needs constant care. If by any chance your pashmina has deteriorated in any way, seek the help of a professional darner & dry cleaner.

Pashmina Artisans

How many artisans do you have ?

We are currently dealing with 100 artisan families, who do everything from sorting, dyeing, weaving, embroidery and pacing of the products.

How do you support them ?

5% of our proceeds go back to welfare and the upliftment of the artisan families, especially the women and daughters. They are not directly employed, have no source of income and solely depend on the men folk for running their homes. Our contribution helps them to continue education or register for training, vocational studies, etc. so that they can be as empowered as their better halves and contribute to the income of the family.

Do you source directly form the artisans ?

Yes, we do. That is how we ensure that you get 100% handmade genuine pashmina products.

What kind of colors/embroidery/patterns artisans can create in pashmina ?

Our pashminas can be made in any of the 2600 pantone colors. We can customize the look and feel to match your style or corporate statement. There are six main types of pashmina cashmere embroidery available – Sozni Embroidery, Aari Embroidery, Kantha Embroidery, Tilla Embroidery, Kalamkari Embroidery and Kani weaving.

Pashmina Embroidery

What is Sozni pashmina embroidery ?

Sozni pashmina embroidery uses thin needles and silk threads to create elaborate floral or paisley patterns on pashmina shawls and stoles. The colorful motifs are so meticulously embroidered that the pashmina base is barely visible. Sonzi requires patience and hard work as a single shawl can take up to two to three years to complete, with master craftsman working on it for six hours every day.

What is Aari pashmina embroidery ?

Considered one of the most tedious forms of needle work, Aari hand embroidery is the specialty of Kashmiri artisans. They use hooked needles, also called tambour, to create intrinsic, concentric chain stitch kind of imprints. This fine art has been in existence in India since 12th century, when Mughals patronized it to create elaborated and highly refined floral motifs for the royal garments. We have pashmina shawls and stoles embellished with aari work in both traditional and contemporary styles.

What is Kantha pashmina embroidery ?

Literally meaning “rags” in Sanskrit, the word kantha originated from the West Bengal state of India. It was used for the pile of worn out silk and muslin clothes that women stitched together as a drape in brisker weather. Today, it represents a type of embroidery that is done with a simple running stitch along the edges of the fabric, while adding stunning motifs of flowers, animals, birds and geometrical shapes on stoles and scarves.

What is Tilla pashmina embroidery ?

Tilla is a golden thread, which is used to embroider bold paisleys, gorgeous florets along the borders of a pashmina shawl like a precious jewel. Done with needles as thin as size 28, this captivating embroidery makes every wrap a truly regal affair. A royal tilla embroidered pashmina is an unmatched luxury clothing to own.

What is Kalamkari pashmina embroidery ?

The Kalamkari technique intimates antique woven designs of the dorukha Kashmir jamawar shawls of the 1860s. It consists of mixing hand-painted art with innovation to decorate and outline beautiful floral patterns on the pashmina.

Kani Pashmina Shawl

What is a Kani pashmina shawl ?

Kani pashmina is the best of pashmina that you can ever buy. It is made by weaving the designs into the shawl to create majestic pieces of pashmina art. Every shawl has knots that are made as per a set design and only the trained craftsmen are skilled enough to do it the right way.

Is Kani work difficult ?

Yes. Kani is a very intricate work. While weaving, the design is formed on the shawl by the manipulation of small wooden sticks called ‘kanis’ which interlock their respective colored threads as they complete each weft of the wrap. The weaving method practiced for weaving Kani shawls is unique and very interesting even though the method is somewhat similar to the weaving of “patni” or “jamdani”. A single Kani can have around thirty colors that are hand spun along with pashmina threads. The weaver first draws the design on a graph paper. He then fills it with desired colors and writes it down in coded form to weave the pattern while working on the shawl.

Why are Kani pashmina shawls expensive ?

Since Kani shawls are associated with best of handmade pashmina wool weaving, they have a high value in the market. The intricacy of the workmanship and the amount of labor that takes to create a single Kani jamawar pashmina shawl is more than any other handloom product. Sometimes, a family of artisans takes almost 2-3 years, working consistently 5-6 hours a day, to produce this delicate piece of art and therefore it becomes substantially costlier than ordinary wraps. With their efforts, these one of a kind pieces adorn the homes and palaces of royals, who still take pride in owning a true work of art.

Why should I buy Kani pashmina shawl from your site ?

Due to the prestige associated with this specific fabric, some sellers sometimes label inauthentic scarves and shawls as Kani shawls. A genuine Kani shawl is made out of woolen fibers rather than synthetic materials, so anything made out of polyester or even high-quality natural fibers such as silk is likely not an authentic Kani. Additionally, Kani shawls are typically expensive. A very low price tag should be a red flag that the shawl in question is not genuine. Since there are handmade with painstaking labor performed by multiple trained individuals, their price is higher than machine-made shawls.

Corporate Orders

Why should we choose to buy pashmina cashmere from your website for our corporate order ?

We have over 300 unique, hand-woven, hand- embroidered pure cashmere Chyangra pashmina wool products from hundreds of artisans. All our products are authentic and come with a quality certification (except the plains). We source directly from the artisans and can proudly say no other website can match our potential, variety and quality assurance.

Can we personalize our order ?

Yes. We give you infinite personalization options in colors, monograming, packaging and crystalizing your order. For details, please visit our corporate order section.

How do you authenticate your pashmina ?

Every article sold on our website follows a stringent quality-testing approach, which is certified by the Craft Development Institute (CDI) of Srinagar, the only fully-focused pashmina lab in India. Every pashmina item comes with the scanned lab test report that has its micron count, composition, make of the product, its life and durability.

Pashmina Ring Test

What is a pashmina ring test ?

Pashmina ring test is usually done to check the quality of pashmina. Since it is a 100% handwoven fabric, it’s weaving is so fine that the whole shawl can pass through a lady’s finger ring.

Shahtoosh

What are shahtoosh shawls ?

Shahtoosh is the name given to a specific kind of shawl, which is woven with the down hair of the Tibetan antelope (chiru), These shawls were originally very few and needed years of practice to weave. Only the master artisans were skilled enough to weave the delicate chiru hair which measured between 7 and 10 microns. These factors made shahtoosh shawls very precious. Shahtoosh shawls are so fine that a large shawl can be passed through a wedding ring, leading to them also being known as 'ring shawls.'

Why are shahtoosh shawls banned ?

The Shahtoosh shawl is now a banned item with possession and sale being illegal in most countries as the Chiru is an endangered species under CITES. The trade of shahtoosh is illegal since 1975. The shahtoosh fiber comes from the throat of wild Tibetan antelope. In order to collect them, the antelope is shot and skinned and as a result it has been declared an endangered species.

Do you have shahtoosh shawls ?

No. Pashmina.com deals only in pashmina, which is also known as the most delicate, exquisite and royal fabric to be ever made. Selling of shahtoosh shawls is strictly prohibited. We will never sell such items.

Pashmina Swarovski Work

What can you offer in Swarovski ?

Pashmina.com is proud to be associated with Swarovski, the world-famous producer of crystals. We have a complete line of products with Swarovski crystals on it. This special collection demonstrates the vibrancy, color, craft and workmanship of Kashmiri pashmina artisans and brings out the signature, vision of each one of them.

The entire pashmina Swarovski collection is available now on our website and consists of pashmina cashmere shawls, contemporary stoles, Indian hand embroidered wraps and hijabs.

Can you customize Swarovski work for me ?

Yes, we can. Our work portrays Indian craftsmanship in exotic ways. We can create different patterns, monograms, designs, logos, etc. as per your selection.

Does Swarovski need extra care while washing pashmina ?

We recommend getting your pashmina Swarovski products dry cleaned to retain their shine and natural sheen of the fiber.

Affiliates

Do you run any affiliate program ?

Yes, we do. Please visit our Affiliates page for more information.

Why should I become your affiliate ?

We own a strong brand with uniqueness of a distinctive keyword name. We provide the world’s finest, luxurious pashmina stoles, shawls, scarves and hijabs that are hand-made from traditional loom. Our super-soft products have a long life and have the capability to last for generations!

Are there any other features that I should know of ?

Yes. Our Affiliate Program is free for anyone to join. We give competitive commissions on net sales, excluding shipping, taxes and returns. Commission on international sales originates from our site within 30 Days of products sold. We also send regular newsletters to ensure that you're up to date with the latest trends and must buys for the season.

Referrals

Why should I refer someone to your site ?

Because we give you a chance to earn!
Encourage your friends to buy their own soft, warm and cozy pashmina and receive 5% discount towards a future purchase of any of the shawls/stoles/scarf/hijab from our site.

I have a good network and can send many referrals. Is there anything more you can do for me ?

Yes. We can add you to our Affiliate Program and give you an opportunity to earn more.

Pashmina Quality

How do you ensure authenticity of pashmina ?

We understand that you expect only the finest cashmere pashmina from us. Our stringent quality-testing approach tests the textile and protects the interest of customers. Testing is done by The Craft Development Institute (CDI) of Srinagar, the only fully-focused pashmina lab in India. The CDI documentation certifies the quality of pashmina and renews our endeavor to bring only the best to our customers like you.

What does your quality test report list ?

Every pashmina product’s scanned lab test report has micron count, name of the artisan, make of the product, its life and durability and the way the testing of the fiber has been done.

Can I see the test report online ?

We can share with you the Test Report before purchasing the Product. You can contact us through Chat or Help Center or directly write to us at Hello@@pashmina.com

Do you send pashmina quality report for plains too ?

Plains are tested in batches and do not carry individualized quality test report. We can, however, provide the entire batch report on request.

History of Pashmina

How old is pashmina weaving ?

History tells us that pashmina’s weaving began some 7 centuries ago, when local Kashmiri weavers discovered the lightness and softness of an exceptional fiber shed by capra hircus goat. It has undergone many changes since then, but the real pashmina is still hand woven on the traditional looms.

Is there any reference of Pashmina outside India in history ?

Textual references show that goat-pashm shawls were already in use as luxury textiles in Iran and Syria during the 1st millennium. Trade relations between Iran’s Parthian and Sassanian empires covered Central Asia and northern India, forming the link to the great westward trans-Eurasian market-routes. A few scattered references indicate that Kashmir had already defined itself as the source of fine wools in the early 14th century.

Who connected Kashmiri weaving tradition with the shawl industry ?

History gives reference of “Zain-ul-Abidin” as the first major King who is credited with laying the foundation of this grand industry by inviting weavers from far-flung regions to settle here and train the local craftspeople to create master pieces.

Who played a significant role in highlighting this art ?

When the Turki adventurer “Mirza Haidar Daughlat” (cousin of Emperor Babar, founder of Mughal Emperor) received a pattu (pashmina shawl) as a gift after conquering Kashmir in 1540, he enquired as to why it was so much warmer and softer as compared to other wools produced and the pashmina industry got its first major thrust. His confidant “Naghz Beg” was an enthusiast who listed the most skilled spinners to weave more shawls and later became instrumental in introducing Babar to this beautiful weaving art.

How is Jahangir related to pashmina’s grand history ?

In his memoirs Jahangir has listed multiple references of pashmina shawls that were presented to favored courtiers as a personal mark of honor or sometimes to fakirs, in recognition of their spiritual excellence.

When did pashm work start getting recognition as a fiber for garments ?

During the Mughal empire, pashmina made its way into women’s trousseau as shawls, stoles, tunics, pantaloons, khat-rast jackets and long, woven wraps. It was at the same time when the pashm work flourished beyond Hindustan’s boundaries. Specialist workers prepared the dyed yarn and gave way to experiments of cross-mixing with silk threads in weaving. Some decades later, Kashmir’s pashmina began changing its status quo from formal wear to relaxed and convivial atmospheres of parties and get-togethers.

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Is my personal information kept private ?

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