What Are Pashminas? 

Growing in popularity, the word "pashmina" can cause confusion among shoppers and would-be-shoppers. The word is immediately linked to "pashmina" shawls, wraps, stoles or scarves.

by Oscar S Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Growing in popularity, the word "pashmina" can cause confusion among shoppers and would-be-shoppers. The word is immediately linked to "pashmina" shawls, wraps, stoles or scarves. And it is the same versatility, softness, and durability of these accessories that have raised curiosity among fashion bugs and the general public, helping the "pashmina" market expand globally at a fast pace.

According to Frank Robert, author of Silk, Mohair, Cashmere and Other Luxury Fibers, pashmina comes from the Persian word for wool, pashmineh. The word pashmina refers to a type of fabric that we now call "cashmere." Where is this type of fabric found? Jane Singer, a New York Times writer, explains that cashmere fibers "come from the silky fleece of changra goats, which live at altitudes of 4,000 to 5,000 meters in the remote Changthang area of the Ladakh region in India's Jammu and Kashmir State." The origin and trajectory of cashmere is indeed an interesting one.

"Using age-old Nepalese methods," Singer reports, "artisans comb and sort the sheered hair (from changra goats), selecting the finest ones for weaving into scarves and shawls. Since pure pashmina is almost weightless, silk is usually added in order to give the fabric some body." This is the main reason why most pashmina shawls in the market today are a blend of cashmere and silk, with 30% silk and 70% cashmere being the most popular one.

Zayn-ul-Abidin, a ruler of the Kashmir State in 15th century, is known as the founder of the cashmere industry. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, the history of cashmere weaving begins a long way back, probably around the 3rd century BC. Since then, as Singer mentions, pashmina weaving has been "considered India's fabric of royal"?.

But India's "fabric of royal" did not stay within India for a very long time. With time, pashmina shawls and scarves from Kashmir traveled to Egypt, Europe, and then America.

Today, pashmina shawls and scarves are not reserved for royalty either. Being "warm, soft, protective and feminine," they have gained the appreciation of women all over the world. And by incorporating Western patterns and styles, pashminas have been able to maintain "a fashion edge" in today's competitive fashion market. Indeed, some even argue that pashmina shawls and scarves are the "ultimate accessory," indispensable and always fashionable.

At La Purse, you will find a growing variety of quality pashmina shawls and scarves in dozens of vibrant colors. We, too, believe that pashmina shawls are an indispensable fashion accessory:light, warm, versatile, and always-in-style.

If you are looking to buy pashminas, such as our best seller pink pashmina, online shopping truly offers the greatest selection and price you can find anywhere on pashminas and ruffled scarves. One of the best is La Purse where you can find great deals and incredible styles.

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