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Beautiful Hand-Painted Pashmina Wraps And Shawls
Traditional and Beautiful
The artisans of Nepal and Kashmir have spun, woven and embroidered cashmere shawls for thousands of years. They are mentioned in ancient Afghan texts from the 3rd century BC up until the 11th century AD. In the 15th century, Zayn-ul-Abidin, the ruler of Kashmir introduced weavers from Central Asia, and so he is traditionally recognized as the founder of the cashmere wool industry.
Pashmina - For Someone You Love
Pashmina is an elegant gift for someone you love. It can add a special touch to any celebration. Pashmina shawls, scarves and wraps are renowned for their softness and warmth.
So, what is pashmina?
Pashmina itself is a type of fine cashmere wool. The fine wool comes from the undercoat of the changthangi or pashmina goat, a special breed of goat that lives at cold, high altitudes in the Himalayan mountains of in Nepal, Pakistan and northern India. Pure 100% pashmina has a gauzy, open weave. Often it is blended with silk, which keeps the softness and light weight, while giving an elegant sheen and nice drape. The test for a good quality pashmina is really the warmth and the feel. Some pashminas, like the ones shown here, also having delicate hand-painting.
Pashmina or Not Pashmina?
Wool has long been loved for its warmth and softness. Wool from different animals (goats, sheep) has different and specific thickness. Merino wool has an average diameter of less than 25 microns, but is similar in other ways to cashmere wool which has an average diameter less than 19 microns. Genuine pashmina wool fibres, from the changthangi are thinner, with a fiber diameter between 14 and 19 microns.
These days, the term "pashmina" is used to describe many fine scarves made from either natural or synthetic fibers. Be aware that if you are looking for genuine "pashmina", you will need to read labels carefully.
A very pretty scarf, with a watercolor look, resembling Japanese painting. The colors are white with gray, black and red. It's great for casual wear or formal occasions.
Caring For Your Pashmina Wraps & Shawls
Some manufacturers recommend Dry-clean only, but others allow for careful soaking and hand-washing. Pashmina is a delicate fabric, so you must avoid machine-washing, wringing or tumble-drying. Use lukewarm water, with a liquid soap or a shampoo designed for delicate wool or cloth. Dry flat, in the shade, and away from direct sunlight, and iron before the material is completely dry.
This pretty pashmina shawl is hand painted with a peach blossom design. It is soft, warm, and lightweight. At the same time, it is fashionable, adding a touch of style to casual or formal clothing. Great for formal and casual occasions.
More Beautiful Hand-Painted Pashmina Shawls and Wraps
These hand-painted designs are stunning and flattering!
This scarf has a bold Chinese peony design, hand-painted with pink, orange, mauve and grey peony flowers. It adds style to any outfit and will look lovely with both formal and casual outfits.
A pretty blue and yellow design of dancing winter Jasmine.
Elegant Ways To Wear Pashminas
I love pashminas, but wasn't sure how to wear them. In fact, there are many inspired and elegant ways, depending on the size of the pashmina,who is going to wear it, the event (casual or formal). These videos show how to wear a pashmina with style!