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Woolen shawls, be it Pashmina, Cashmere, or Merino, are delicate and beautiful. They are made with precision and finest design from the wools of Pashmina goats, Cashmere goats, or Chyangras found in the high Himalayan region of Nepal, Tibet, or Ladakh & Kashmir. Woolen shawls, especially Pashminas, are one of the expensive shawls which are hand-knitted and weaved.
Woolen shawls not only keep you warm but also gives you comfort like no other. From traditional to modern, Pashmina shawls and scarfs can be matched with any clothes you wear. The wools used to make Pashmina scarfs and shawls are processed very delicately and hence also should be handled with care.
If you expose such Pashmina Scarfs and Shawls to high temperatures and twist them aggressively, chances are you might ruin them easily. Pashmina wools are extracted from the undercoat of Pashmina goats which live at very harsh and cold temperatures. Such cold temperature makes the wool very resistant to any cold weather and hence the product – Pashmina Scarfs, are also suitable to wear in temperature as low as -30/-40 degrees Celsius.
The wools are extracted during the months of spring and summer and are processed ever so gently. The wools are washed, segregated to form ‘Yarn’, a fabric material to make Pashmina Scarfs and Shawls. Almost all the Pashmina Shawls and Scarfs are hand-knitted and designed, as the wool is very soft and delicate to be used in machines.
Pure Pashmina Shawls & Scarfs are rare and expensive because of the hard work and time that goes into making one. To make one normal size Scarf and Shawls, at least 3 Pashmina goat’s wool is required, not to mention the process that takes months to complete.
A perfectly hand-weaved Pashmina scarf can take months to finish and design. Due to the high demands and less supply, a lot of Fake Pashminas are available in the market that might mislead and trick you into buying one.
Here are some tips and tricks to hand wash Woolen Scarfs & Shawls
1. Pashmina Wool Scarfs – Hand wash technique:
- Use warm water to wash any Pashmina Scarfs
- Mix mild soap or baby shampoo into the warm water
- Soak the Pashmina Scarf into the water and leave it for about 15 minutes
- Carefully rinse the scarf or shawl till the soap or shampoo is washed away completely
- Gently place Pashmina Scarf in a ziplock plastic bag and keep it for few minutes
- Never twist or wring Pashmina Scarfs or Shawls
- Take out the Pashmina Scarf from the water and place it on a dry towel, completely spread.
- Don’t drain the Scarf by twisting, let the towel absorb all the water from the scarf
- Hang the Scarf, completely unwrinkled, and let it dry.
Can you wash Pashmina in the washing machine?
Yes, people do wash Pashmina in the washing machines. For that, you have to choose the delicate mode and use cold or warm water. Choose a machine short spin cycle and add natural shampoo. But we highly encourage you to not use Machines to wash Pashminas.
2. CASHMERE WOOL SCARFS – Hand wash technique
- Add warm water into the sink with mild detergent or shampoo
- Dip the scarf into the water and squeeze very gently
- Be careful not to twist or wring the scarf aggressively
- Leave the scarf in the water for few minutes
- Swirl the scarf in the shampooed water gently for few minutes
- Rinse the water
- Place the scarf on the towel and let the towel absorb all the water slowly.
- Hang the scarf for air drying but keep it away from direct sunlight.
Can you wash the Cashmere scarf in the washing machine?
Yes, like Pashmina, you can wash Cashmere scarfs in the washing machine using the delicate or wool cycle with warm water and shampoo. Be sure not to tumble dry. Twisting and wringing the scarf might harm the scarf or shawl.
But again, we highly recommend not to use machines to wash Cashmere scarfs and shawls. Hand washing is a way better and safer option.
Pashmina is one of the finest and quality fabrics, produced and made from wool. The craze for Pashmina products is increasing day by day. As the supply is less than demand, the price is likely to go up in the future. Be aware of the fake Pashminas available in the market. Buying from a renowned and well-established company is the best option for buying pure Pashmina products.