Elegant Embroidered Pashmina Wraps, Scarves and Shawls
Pashmina - the Fabric
Pashmina has been fashionable since the late 1990s, and has been worn as shawls, wraps and scarves. the natural colors of pashmina are cream, grey, beige and shades of brown. This is because the pashm, or wool, comes from the underbelly of Capra hircus, an Asian mountain goat. This fine wool, having kept the goat warm throughout the winter, is shed at the onset of summer.
These days, pashmina shawls may be dyed to produce brighter colors, sometimes hand-painted or livened up with embroidery. Of course, there are some points to take into consideration. First, the label may not be accurate, so here are some hints:
- 100% pashmina does not have a sheen, so if you hold it up the light and see a sheen, it has silk added in. Genuine pashmina is usually made in Kashmir (India) or Nepal. The label might show 100% pashmina or it could have 20% or 30% of silk added, but not more than that. Silk is added to pashmina to make the fabric more durable and affordable.
- Sometimes pashmina has been mixed with cashmere or other wools - this can be detected by touch, if you know pashmina well. A thick, single-ply fabric cannot be pashmina!
- The name 'pashmina' has also fallen into general use to mean 'a nice shawl'. This can be confusing for someone looking for genuine pashmina. So, remember if it contains viscose, polyester or cotton, it is not a pashmina.
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Crewel Embroidered Pashina Scarves, Wraps and Shawls
Some pashmina shawls are embroidered, by hand, with fine and detailed patterns are exceptionally close. You can tell a genuine, hand-woven pashmina from a machine-made shawl by checking for slight imperfections. Machines can't tie the fine knots needed to join the ends of threads, plus they make uniform stitches. A hand-made pashmina will have those tiny knots, as well as other small imperfections.
Kashmiri crewel embroidery is in great demand because of its very high quality, and the delicate patterns including flowers, paisley, peacocks, and the sun. Crewel embroidery is done with a thin woollen thread and a pointed hooked needle, similar to a crochet hook; sometimes sequins, crystals or beads are used to enhance the pattern.
As Pashmina is such a delicate fabric, hand embroidery is time-consuming, hard work, but with perseverance skilled artisans can produce timeless classic pieces. You can add elegance and sophistication to any outfit with one of these luxurious scarves.
Covered with beautiful embroidery, this shawl is 70% Pashmina wool and 30% Silk approximately. It is lightweight, soft and warm, making it a perfect accessory for casual wear, special occasions or travel.
Exquisite Crewel Embroidery Pashmina
Hand-embroidered pashmina is absolutely beautiful. The multicolor traditional designs are both beautiful and elegant. One of the most impressive aspects is the speed at which the embroiderers can work.
Filling Stitch in Ari Embroidery
With embroidered flower border, and beautiful feature flower embroidery, this shawl is 70% Pashmina wool and 30% Silk approximately. It is a perfect accessory for casual wear, special occasions or travel.
Discover Great Ways To Wear Pashmina
If, like me, you are not an expert in scarf-tying and need some inspiration, you'll find some cool ways to tie your pashmina here.
Crewel Embroidered Pashmina Scarves
It is possible to find lovely crewel embroidery creations on a smaller scale. Hand embroidery on black scarf is perfect for evening wear, but a lighter color scarf is equally luxurious. Both of these scarves have a mix of pashmina wool (70%) and silk (30%). The addition of silk makes the fabric smoother and resilient.
I love this design, which is suitable for formal or casual occasions. It has stunning all-over embroidery
How to wear your Pashmina "waterfall style"
Embellished with beautiful flower and leaf embroidery, this scarf will add a touch of style and sophistication to any wearer. The lovely crewel embroidery shows up beautifully on this lighter colored pashmina. Suitable for any occasion.
There is a fabric even more delicate than pashmina. It is the fine and soft Shahtoosh. People say that wrapping oneself in shahtoosh shawl is an amazing, warm and sensual experience. But, and this is very important, the wool is made from the coat of the chiru antelope which is now a protected species. Making and selling shatoosh shawls is now banned in India, and the owning of shahtoosh is illegal in may countries.
Five Ways to Use a Scarf Ring
Scarf clips, rings and charms add an extra touch to your outfit. They can be used to tie your scarf into a variety of chic shapes.
You can choose from simple, plain rings, through to stunning signature pieces. This dramatic black onyx design can be worn on a scarf or as a ring.
The video above shows five stylish ways to use a scarf ring.