5 Tips to Find Out if You Are Buying Authentic Pashmina Shawl

All Indians wish to have a pashmina shawl. Pashmina shawls are adorned with elegance, artistic beauty and great warmth. Along with this, the pashmina shawl is a classic traditional Indian dress with handcrafted embroidery. With the start of the winter season, many of us wish to have it in our wardrobe. But due to its high price and duplicate products on the market, the task is difficult. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.Read also – Don’t want to dress too much for New Year’s Eve? Check out these 5 simple yet awesome outfit ideas

So to help you out, Nishant Malhotra, founder, Weaverstory shares five tips to keep in mind when shopping for Pashmina shawls this winter! Read also – Fashion tips for future spouses: improve your style by trying these 5 fantastic looks

100% cashmere: Pashmina shawls are made from cashmere, the wool of Himalayan goats, so always make sure to check or inform yourself what the shawl is made of. All authentic Pashmina shawls are made from 100% cashmere and the authentic sellers are also aware and particular about the same thing. Read also – Winter is here: 5 essential things for a cozy and safe morning walk

Fiber diameter: Genuine pashmina fabric will have fibers as small as 15-19 microns in diameter, making them thinner than human hair. That low micron count is what makes Pashmina shawls light and soft, yet luxurious. So, checking your fibers before buying one is a must.

Irregular texture: Cashmere wool is extremely delicate, so it can only be spun by hand. Therefore, authentic Pashmina shawls will always have irregularities in the weave, making them irregular in some places, which will not be present in fake machine fabrics. That painstakingly exquisite handwork is what makes them so expensive too.

Check static electricity: By rubbing the fabric with your hands, you will be able to check whether it is made with genuine animal wool fibers or not. Synthetic fabrics create a lot of static electricity when rubbed together, causing body hair to stand on end.

Check the label: As a general rule, all authentic Pashmina shawls will carry a label that will proudly indicate their make and composition. But real Pashminas will always have the label sewn on the hem because it cannot be glued or attached to the fabric. Forget about spoiling her luxury; the glue does not hold the cashmere wool for a long time. So if there is one attached to a shawl, it’s a fake.

You can also perform other tests to determine the authenticity of a pashmina shawl, such as a single strand burn test or pilling inspection. But these are the five essential things to look for when buying a Pashmina shawl, so you could be the proud owner of an authentic and elegant Pashmina shawl!

(With input from IANS)

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