It's not just the beauty and exquisiteness of a Kashmiri Pashmina shawl that makes it my favorite winter accessory. My savior is Pashmina in many dire situations. Whether I need to look beautiful, or stay warm, or look unique and make an everlasting impression. Perhaps it is this versatility of a Pashmina which makes it the world's most cherished fabric. And every woman craves to have an experience of.
When I purchased my first Pashmina shawls (two of them) I never knew they would be with me in my most desperate situations. I thank myself for the purchase I made from an online website. It proved to be the fruitful activity I had ever done.
It was the winter of 2018 when for the first time I learned about Pashmina. I read a blog that mentioned that Pashmina wool is so warm that it saves the goat - on which it grows - from a temperature dip of -50 degrees. While this was a good enough reason to buy a Pashmina, I further learned that Pashmina shawls are handmade, hand embroidered. Also, Pashmina would be a choice of nobles and affluent nobles back in history. I decided to buy just two of them, to try and experience what it felt to wear a Pashmina.
The first one was a plain piece. Since it cost me less, so it was an obvious choice. The cozy warm feel of this handmade pashmina shawl makes it extraordinary.
The second one was an embroidered one with thread hand embroidery (called Sozni Kari Kashmiri), a Kashmiri Pashmina shawl where flowery vines spread in a Jaali pattern.
There were many more ethereal pieces of Pashmina on the website, but I chose minimal ones, to begin with. Little did I know how much I would need them.
And then occasions started.
Travel to Kashmir with a Kashmiri Pashmina
It was December and our family friends, who live in Kashmir, invited us to spend a month of winter with them in the valley. We knew that the weather in Kashmir is too cold in December as it's peak winter. So I took my plain shawl just “in case” I would need it. But when the plane landed in Srinagar airport, this shawl was the first thing I reached for. My shawl was plain pink and this particular accessory can be seen in all my photographs which we clicked in Kashmir.
Nothing can beat the winter of Kashmir like a Kashmiri Pashmina can. In Fact I never needed any more sweaters or jackets during casual walks in the afternoon. Mornings and evenings I would tuck myself in jackets and sweaters, but pashmina remained a quintessential accessory all month long. It actually saved me a few thousand bucks which I would have spent on buying too many winter essentials.
Formal and informal Meetings:
The next year I had a meeting in Hong Kong where many of our clients stay. So I, along with three office colleagues, had to travel to Hong Kong in February, and we learned that it's pretty cold here (12 degrees). It wasn't planned, but I packed my Pashmina (the lilac plain one again) just in case I needed it. And it proved to be my saviour again. I attended formal meetings wearing my Pashmina as a scarf, tied in a knot, or wound around my neck. This time I never needed sweaters or jackets. My Kashmiri Pashmina was warm enough to alone survive me in 12 to 15 degrees. I felt warm, comfortable, and super feminine in its pretty lilac colour and resplendent demeanor.
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My First Date | My first Embroidered Kashmiri Pashmina
I had found the love of my life in my best friend. And when it was our first formal date as a couple, it was fall (I believe fall is the season of love). This time it was deliberate - as I consciously picked my embroidered Pashmina which was white in color as it perfectly blended with my red dress. I tucked myself into its cozy essence and went on to impress him incalculably.
It was now, when I realised that I needed at least one more Pashmina in my life because the wedding season had already started
Gift to my best friend:
To my surprise, my best friend was getting married next month. But there was something to worry about. This friend of mine is a person who has everything. It is always difficult to shop for her. Every dress, every makeup and skincare essentials, every type of gold and diamond jewelry, you name it and she has it. So I decided to buy her a Pashmina, hoping that she would perhaps find it unique and maybe like it.
Amazingly enough, she loved it. I had purchased a Tilla embroidered Kashmiri Pashmina wrap for her. It was blue with golden tilla over its base. My friend, who by the way happens to be a blogger like me, wrote about this gift on her blog, and the title was “the best gift of my life”
Getting Married in Spring:
On March 14, 2020, I got married. It was 22 degrees in North India. But since I prefer winter weddings more than summer ones, I chose the month of March for it. The weather was pleasant and lovely. The breeze was refreshing and cheerful and the evenings were wintry. The exchange of vows was to happen at around 4, so the weather was expected a little bit on the colder side.
I wore a white wedding dress and aggrandized the same with my newly shopped Pashmina. This time, it was a fresh red Pashmina shawl and over it was an embellishment of embroidery which made it such an effeminate accessory that I had as many as 20 guests ask about it.
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I loved the way it made my dress look prettier and kept me comfy all day long, especially when in the late evening the breeze turned chillier. But my long trusted Pashmina had my back and I continued to look the best version of myself all through the night.
A Pashmina can be a lifetime investment. I chose Pashmina for almost every kind of event I was to attend. Formal, informal or just casual get togethers, this versatile accessory from Paradise Kashmir has been a reliable friend and a trustworthy companion.
In addition to being unworldly beautiful, Kashmiri Pashmina is a classic winter must-have for those who love to exude class and sophistication even in the days when skies aren’t so cheery.