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Beautiful Hand-Painted Pashmina Wraps And Shawls

Updated on February 17, 2015

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.

The photo shows a Shawl with Hand Painted Watercolor Peach Tree in Bloom. Photo courtesy of Amazon.

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.

Dahlia Women's 100% Merino Wool Pashmina Scarf - Ink Painting Watercolor - Gray
Dahlia Women's 100% Merino Wool Pashmina Scarf - Ink Painting Watercolor - Gray

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.

The photo showing the Lady Walking the Dog on a Cold Day 100% Fine Wool Pashmina is from Amazon.

Dahlia Women's 100% Merino Wool Pashmina Scarf - Hand Painted Peach Blossom Pink
Dahlia Women's 100% Merino Wool Pashmina Scarf - Hand Painted Peach Blossom Pink

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!

Dahlia Women's 100% Merino Wool Pashmina Scarf- Hand Painted Chinese Peony Bloom
Dahlia Women's 100% Merino Wool Pashmina Scarf- Hand Painted Chinese Peony Bloom

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.

 
Dahlia Women's 100% Merino Wool Pashmina Scarf - Hand Painted Dancing Jasmine
Dahlia Women's 100% Merino Wool Pashmina Scarf - Hand Painted Dancing Jasmine

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!

Do you like these hand-painted pashmina shawls? - Do you have any pashmina?

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      Sharon Berry 4 years ago from Michigan

      These are beautiufl.

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      fionaagee42 4 years ago

      Yes . They are worth buying.. :) i do have one in blue..

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      savateuse 4 years ago

      @rudhushudu: That's nice to hear!

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      rudhushudu 4 years ago

      I do own one myself I love it its Precious to me

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      savateuse 4 years ago

      @sharonbellis: Thanks for stopping by, happy holidays!

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      Sharon Bellissimo 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      These are beautiful. I have two pashmina but they are solid colours, one is lilac and one is brown.

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      savateuse 4 years ago

      @getmoreinfo: thanks for visiting!

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      I like these Beautiful Hand-painted Pashmina Shawls

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      savateuse 4 years ago

      @LisaAuch1: they are lovely aren't they!

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      Lisa Auch 4 years ago from Scotland

      Oh my how delightful, I love my hand painted pashmina that I got last year, it is beautiful bright colours and looks like a butterfly, everyone admires it, and it goes with everything on those breezy nights to keep the shoulders warm!

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