When you invest in art, you should know about the painter, his work and the type of art he is famous for, just like that before you buy a pashmina, you must know what the terminology to make a smart purchase. Have a look
1. What kind of pashmina is this?
There are various kinds of pashminas like plains, embroidered, kanis, jamawars, soznis, papier maches, kalamkaris and many more. Each has a unique characteristic for identification and the craftsmanship differs from one type to another.
2. Is the one ply-two ply-three ply-four ply?
Ply means the layers of threads used to make the pashmina so higher the ply more is the thickness.
3. Is the Pashmina hand woven or machine woven?
There are many retailers who would sell you a pashmina saying its hand-woven when its actually machine woven. It is probably very difficult to find out the truth but the quality of the pashmina will speak for itself and help in the decision-making. Sometimes, the best way is to trust the source and the reviews of other clients. Higher the number of hours put into making a pashmina, more expensive it is. It’s mainly the amount of labor work, which makes a big part of the cost.
4. How many hours did it take to make the Pashmina?
When the pashmina is hand woven, the most important question is the number of hours put in. There is a high probability that the retailer might exaggerate the number but trusted retailers would give you an exact number to prove that the product of extremely high quality. www.pashmina.com makes sure that below every product, there has been mentioned “time to craft” to help the buyer make the right decision.
5. Where is the Pashmina from?
Pashmina doesn’t always mean it’s from Kashmir, there are various other places where Pashmina is sourced from. Ladakh, Mongolia, China, Kashmir are probably the most common areas of the world from where Pashmina is sourced from.
6. Does my Pashmina contain blends?
This is a very important question because you would find a pure pashmina, which is 100% cashmere with only the most trusted and renowned retailers who are known for their quality. Most of the times, pashmina comes with a certain blend mainly of silk, that’s why one should ask the % of blends before making a purchase. At www.pashmina.com, we sell purely handcrafted and certified pashminas free from any blends.
7. Are the Swarovski crystals real?
You would see a lot of shawls with beautiful stones/crystals but not all of them are Swarovski, again the seller might say these are real crystals, but beware because real Swarovski is very expensive and they shine beautifully, so if that’s real crystal, the value of the pashmina would be much higher than usual.