Doubtful About Pashmina and Cashmere? It’s the Same!

A cashmere pashmina pile

Are you a fan of online shopping? Or for that matter, does any format of shopping interest you? Well, then you must have faced ample situations wherein you have been tricked by certain fraudulent sellers. What was it this time? A cashmere pashmina that you thought you were getting at a lower price? That’s quite a pity; however, YOU ARE NOT THE ONLY ONE!

Going by the current rates, price of cashmere shawls cannot be anything less than $20-$50 in the international market. In case, you get it at a lower rate than this, there are high chances that you are being cheated.

So, what must you know to save yourself such fraudulence? Scroll down and take a look!

Pashmina or Cashmere – which is the real one?

Origin: From Chyangra goats of Kashmir.

Current version: Anglicised from markets of the west.

The ‘pashm’ or wool that is obtained from the bellies of this breed of goat is used for creating those bright wraps, shawls and scarfs. As a matter of fact, the original traders do not refer to this wool as pashminas unless it is free of the dirt that it carries.

From the times of the sultanate of Kashmir to the days of Ashoka and now the modern runways of fashion, a cashmere wrap has unfolded its beauty at every step. Thus, what you know as ‘cashmere’ is simply the international trade version of pashminas from the ranges of Kashmir.

Short note – The cashmere pashmina must not exceed 19 microns in diameter and should have only 3% of the total fibre.

Consulting the pashmina’s test!

An authentic cashmere shawl will never have glossy finish that is found in most pashminas of current times. An ideal cashmere product has a matte look.

However, before you buy cashmere product, it is best that you check out whether it is a genuine silk cashmere, or it has other ingredients blended into it – rayon, viscose and acrylic being the most opted ones by traders.

  • Take some fringes from the end of your cashmere pashmina wrap and hold it against the flames. When it lights and emits smell of burnt hair, you can surely consider that product to be authentic. In most cases though, traders make use of some other kinds of experiments (not something that most of the commoners are aware of).
  • Also, make sure that when this shawl is burnt, there must be a feel of real cloth burning. If you feel that burning like that of a plastic, there are high chances that your so-called cashmere pashmina is not an authentic one.

Hence, as a responsible buyer, don’t forget to conduct this test before you choose your cashmere drape.

Note: Since production and selling of pashmina is an annual process, the first thing that you must note is the price. If it is on the higher range, you can note it to be authentic and hand woven from the traditional weavers of the Himalayas.

Also, before you buy cashmere, do not forget to check out the tag which mentions certification of the same. A true silk cashmere pashmina (that is the choice in most cases) product will always have the silk certificate tag.

So, when are you next going for online shopping for a pashmina? Hope you have a safe buy!

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