Sunday, August 15, 2010

What is the difference between Cashmere and Pashmina?

By: Kamy Missaghi

Pashmina is the traditional name for the very finest grade of cashmere wool. Because of its unique softness and comforting warmth, it is the finest, softest, and warmest wool available anywhere. A luxurious pashmina shawl is the perfect fashion accessory for any season, event or occasion! You will feel as great as you look and a fashionable pashmina shawl is the perfect finishing touch to almost any outfit.

This amazing wool comes from the Capra Hircus goat found in the most remote regions of the Himalayas. Because they live at such high altitudes (approximately 14,000 feet above sea level), these special goats grow a uniquely thin, inner coat of hair that insulates them during the long, harsh Himalayan winters. It is this inner coat of hair that is used to produce fine Pashmina. This hair is stunningly soft and comforting to the touch, yet is surprisingly strong and durable and will last many lifetimes.

It takes the entire growth of three goats to create just one pashmina shawl. The goats are not sheered as traditional wool would be, but is collected from the wool that is shed. It is almost like this special cashmere wool is the goats’ gift to humans, and what an amazing gift it is! Pashmina is also quite unusual in that it actually becomes softer and more comfortable with use, actually making it gentler on the skin each time it is worn. With proper care, Pashmina will last a lifetime, in fact Pashmina shawls have been handed down from generation to generation in royal and wealthy families throughout the world.

Nearly, all Pashmina and Cashmere are blended with other fibers to produce a stronger, softer or cheaper fabric depending on what the manufacturer is trying to achieve. Most inferior Pashmina is blended with other lower grades of wool while the highest quality of Napalese Pashmina is blended with silk. Of course, now that you have a wholesale connection at you won’t have to be royalty to enjoy a Pashmina shawl of your very own! All of our Pashmina shawls are guaranteed to be 70% Cashmere Wool and 30% Silk. We make every effort to qualify the authenticity of each item and guarantee that the items we sell are authentic.

Kamy and his wife run one of the finest Pashmina / Cashmere and ethnic Jewelry sites on the web. You can find some of the finest Pashmina blends of Cashmere and Silk, specialty picture frames, and ethnic rhinestone jewelry items at: Please come and visit us.
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