A Pashmina scarf can add that touch of class to any outfit. These exclusive scarves are woven from cashmere wool though feel like silk against your skin. The color range available is spectacular meaning that there is a Pashmina scarf to suit any preference. Pashmina scarves originated in India and weavers sought out materials which were “pashm” hence the name. What pashm meant was a material which could be woven and produce a soft texture.
Pashmina Scarf- The history of Chiru wool use
Pashmina scarves use either cashmere alone or a mix, although all scarves will have the amounts of each type of material used on the label. The Tibetan Chiru provided the best cashmere although it is rare in most countries because of the decline of the Chiru. This makes the wool provided by the Chiru extremely rare and thus expensive. Shahtoosh, or the wool that is provided by the Chiru, is extremely fine and light, making it ideal for scarves which are warm though not heavy. Thus, Pashmina scarves were produced from this wonderful wool. It’s worthwhile seeing a video of the preparation of the wool by Tibetans as you can clearly see the fineness of it. This was woven into scarves which had exquisite detail.
The wool used from the Chiru is also known as “King Wool” and thus the Pashmina scarf woven from it could most certainly be considered as superior in quality. Pashmina scarves are sought after and appreciated by those wishing to enjoy traditional presentation in modern form. These scarves are lightweight when woven because of the fineness of the threads being used. Pashmina scarves may take craftsmen a long time to produce, though the result is spectacular.
History took a turn for the worst for those workers who were producing the scarves from shahtoosh when a ban was imposed, due to the rarity of the Chiru. In modern times, a Pashmina scarf is woven using the wool from the underbelly of the cashmere goat. The grades suited to Pashmina scarves are those finer grades of wool and the tradition has survived because of this discovery. The checks that are made for quality on the wool being produced are important, as those producing Pashmina scarves are trying to live up the old tradition of making “King Wool” scarves from the Chiru. The Kashmir or cashmere scarves produced as a result of progress are beautifully woven into a texture which is very similar to that produced by the chiru, although without having to break the boundaries of the ban.
Although you may not be aware of it when you wear your Pashmina scarf, you can enjoy the texture, admire the quality and feel very privileged to enjoy it. The Pashmina scarf plays an important part in the history of Tibet and you play a part too, by supporting Tibetan communities when purchasing these very detailed, colorful and artisan produced scarves. The scarves are ideal for the modern miss and spice up an otherwise dull outfit, the focal point of the viewer being the face and neck area. Win admiration and feel warm at the same time, and you will have learned the secret of the Pashmina scarf.
source: Pashmina Scarf-Now and Then