Pashmina shawl (sometimes called ring Pashminas) is the ever loved and world-famous wrap accessory. These are found in Kashmir, India. The raw wool for these shawls is found in Ladakh. Here the exotic Changthangi goat grows Cashmere over its underbelly and neck to survive harsh temperature. When spring and summer arrive, this wool makes the goat extremely uncomfortable. This shows how warm the wool is. The goat starts rubbing itself with bushes, rocks, and other rough surfaces and gets rid of this wool. It is sent to Kashmir where artisans clean it, sort it, spin it, and weave it into heavenly soft, luxury Pashmina shawls.
Finesse of Pashmina shawls
The Pashmina yarn is so thin and it is sometimes barely visible. The average diameter of Pashmina yarn is 12-16 microns which equal one-fifth of human hair. The yarn is so light that it doesn't even feel over one's body. But this feathery light and the cozy shawl are so warm that you might not even need a sweater during the start of the winter season
In addition to being the most comfortable accessory, a Pashmina shawl is ever stylish and a classic. Ever since Empress Josephine set it into a timeless fashion, Pashmina shawl has never looked back. But a problem with its purity and originality rose when machines and fake synthetics began to interfere in markets. However, tests were invented to identify real Pashmina. One of the oldest tests is the ring test.
The Ring Test
It is said that the purest Pashmina Shawl will pass through the tiniest of rings. The base is so smooth that the entire shawl passes through a ring of the little finger. This has earned it the name "ring Pashmina"
Pashmina is the fine art of weaving cashmere fiber into wrap accessories. It has a weaving style that is so thin, light, and delicate that the whole shawl can be passed through a ring.
The fineness of the pashm wool is between 14-16 microns. This is in contrast to the finest sheep’s wool which is 23 microns. Note that human hair is up to 70 microns in diameter
Also read: 7 tests to identify genuine Pashmina
Real ring Pashmina shawls are very soft and warm to touch, owing to the fineness of the hair. All our plain Pashmina shawls, stoles, and the scarves match the quality of shahtoosh and pass the ring test!
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