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Elegant Silk Pashmina Scarves, Wraps and Shawls

Updated on February 1, 2015

Pashmina or not Pashmina

The word pashmina used to apply exclusively to a type of fine woollen shawl from India or Nepal. This wool was collected in the summer months from goats shedding their winter-warmer undercoats. These days, the term pashmina has been hijacked to mean more-or-less any nice-looking shawl.

Of course, you may be happy with a scarf or shawl that has a good feel and look, but if you are interested in something more authentic, there are some important things to remember. For a start, pashmina is a very fine type of cashmere wool. This means that a 100% pashmina shawl will have a light, gossamer look and feel. It won't have any sheen or shine.

Silk can be added to pashmina, usually 20 - 30%, to add a shine and durability to the fabric. A simple rule of thumb is ‘the more shine, the more silk.’ So, if you are looking for a glossy finish, you might prefer a pashmina-silk blend.

Pashminas - Fashion and Luxury

Pashmina can be made into scarves, wraps and shawls. These fashionable accessories can be worn with any outfit, including dresses, skirts or trousers. Single color pashminas can be used to complement or contrast with your clothing, depending on your personal style.

Large pashminas can be worn as stoles, shawls, or even as ponchos. Either way, they look classy and cool. For the adventurous, they can be tied in many different ways to suit the personality and style of the wearer - see the videos on this page for ideas.

Silk Blend Pashminas

Pashminas vary not only in size, but also in fabric. As pure pashmina has an open weave and a gauzy feel, some people actually prefer a pashmina blended with silk. Adding silk to the fabric increases the sheen, but is still soft and light-weight. Probably the most popular pashmina fabric is the 70% pashmina, with 30% silk blend, because of the elegant sheen and lovely drape. You can also get an 80/20 and a 50/50 blend. All pashminas are prized for their softness and warmth.

Pashmina / Silk Shawl Burnt Orange
Pashmina / Silk Shawl Burnt Orange

In burnt orange, this fine quality pashmina/silk blend shawl is made with 70% pashmina wool and 30% silk. The addition of silk gives the pashmina a luxurious feel and a lovely sheen. It is 36" x 80", with 3" tassels on both ends.

Elegant Pashmina Shawl - Black
Elegant Pashmina Shawl - Black

Elegant black 80% cashmere 20% silk blend pashmina, soft and light to wear. 76 inches long, 32 inches wide.


A Stylist shows Elegant Ways to Wear a Pashmina

The Amazing Pashmina

Cashmere and the finer pashmina are remarkable - beginning soft, they get softer with age. Light and thin, pashmina gives amazing protection from a chill night air. The pashmina shawl can be worn as a narrow scarf, tied like a belt around the waist, wrapped like a skirt or bolero, or draped elegantly over the body. wrapped like a skirt.

The extraordinary level of thermal insulation means that you could even use your pashmina in place of an airline blanket. This will keep you warm, and protect you from the bugs and allergens found in a standard airline blankets.

Elegant Pashmina Scarves, Wraps & Shawls

A very versatile accessory, the pashmina scarf can be worn in many different ways. It can be draped for warmth or style. Larger pashminas can be worn as a shawl, or even tied to make a vest or jacket.

LibbySue-Silk Blend Paisley Teardrop Tapestry Pashmina (Teal and Camel)
LibbySue-Silk Blend Paisley Teardrop Tapestry Pashmina (Teal and Camel)

Lovely silk blend pashmina scarf (30% Silk 70% Pashmina) in vibrant colors. 70 inches long by 28 inches wide, so large enough to drape around your shoulders or throw on with jeans, coats and sweaters for a everyday glamor


The Wearing of the Green

Perhaps you're looking for a scarf for a particular celebration, such as "The Wearing of the Green"?

If so, this luxurious scarf is a pashmina/silk blend, with tassels on both ends. It is hand-crafted to give you a fabulous accessory. It is lightweight, but warm and cosy. Perfect for St Patrick's Day.

Pashmina / Silk Scarf Burnt Olive
Pashmina / Silk Scarf Burnt Olive

This 12" x 60" scarf is a 70% pashmina and 30% silk blend.


Accessorize your Pashmina Scarf

A pretty scarf pendant, clip or ring can give the perfect finishing touch to your pashmina. This is a particularly effective way to enhance a single color scarf or shawl.

Antique Silver Six Petals Alloy Flower Pendant Charm for Diy Scarves,hot,pt-616
Antique Silver Six Petals Alloy Flower Pendant Charm for Diy Scarves,hot,pt-616

Large scarf charm, approx. 2 inches in width, with heart-shaped flower petals


Do You Wear Pashminas? - What's your favorite way to tie a pashmina?

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      These are really lovely- they look classier than a cardigan for keeping warm on special occasions!

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      candy47 5 years ago

      I have a pink cashmere pashmina that I bought many years ago. They're great gifts too!

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      Katherine Tyrrell 5 years ago from London

      Brilliant for holidays when you need a wrap!