The Pashmina Story
Posted on March 22 2018
Everyone has heard of pashmina scarves, but what do we really know about them other than that they’re a trendy fashion item? Below, we’ll discuss exactly what they are, where they are from, how they are made, the best ways to style them, and most importantly: where you can get one!
What exactly is a pashmina scarf?
Pashmina is a type of fine, soft wool that was first woven in Kashmir. The wool is sourced from four distinct breeds of goats from the high altitude region of Nepal and India. Pashmina scarves are popular due to their warmth and softness. The term “pashmina” is derived from the Persian word for “wool” and can be directly translated to “soft gold” in Kashmiri.
What is the difference between a pashmina scarf and a regular scarf?
A scarf is defined as “a piece of cloth worn on the head or all around the neck for heat, cleanliness, trend, or spiritual motives.” A pashmina scarf is specifically made from wool from Pashmina goats. Our most popular lou lou pashmina is the solid color tasseled pashmina.
How are pashmina scarves made?
The Pashmina goat sheds its winter coat in the spring, and this wool is collected by combing the goat, not by shearing. The wool is entirely hand processed, from combing and spinning to weaving and finishing. Very specialized craftsmen and women are needed to complete all parts of production. Pashmina scarves are typically a blend of pashmina wool and silk. The most popular blend is 70/30, but 50/50 is also popular.
How do I wear my pashmina scarf?
There are several ways to wear your favorite pashmina scarves. These soft wool scarves are not only versatile as to when you wear them, but how as well.
- Wrap it loosely around your neck
- Tie a knot in your pashmina
- Create a faux-infinity scarf
- Make it resemble a neck tie
- Tie your pashmina in a bow
There are several other ways to wear a pashmina, including as a head scarf, shawl, cape, belt, or sarong.
How do I care for my pashmina scarves?
Caring for your pashmina scarves properly will help keep them looking fresh and new, but also extend their life and protect them from wear and tear. They can be gently hand-washed, but the best way to keep them in good shape is to use these tips to maintain them.
- Brushing – Gently brush any loose dirt or dust off your pashmina before putting it away.
- Airing – Laying out your pashmina or hanging it for an hour after wearing can help keep food and other odors from building up.
- Resting – Letting your pashmina rest for at least a day can give natural resilience to the wool fibers, as well has help it keep its shape.
- Ironing – Like most garments, pressing and/or steaming your pashmina will help make it look fresh and new.
- Drying – If your pashmina gets wet, try to dry it at room temperature, and away from sunlight.
- Storage – Make sure your pashminas are clean and dry before you store them to avoid moths or other insects.
Where can I get stylish and trendy pashmina scarves?
There are many places to find pashmina scarves, but look no further: we have a great variety of colors and prints at lou lou boutiques! From our classic colors and spring/summer pastels to fun prints, we’ve got tons of great options for you to explore. Check out all of our pashmina scarves here!