Two decades ago, when Pashmina was the ubiquitous choice of most elites, no one knew that there would be unscrupulous counterfeiting and fake pashminas would flood the market. As with any other fashion piece, when there is mass churning of a product, those who are conscious of their fashion choices would not like to buy it, since there would be far too many pieces of the same kind. This art of the royals is precious, and we understand that, which is why we have one-of-a-kind pieces that you will only find on Pashmina.com. These handwoven, handcrafted products made from pure Himalayan Cashmere are the epitome of authenticity and sheer luxury and believe us, just buying a single product wouldn’t satiate your appetite!
But before, you spend those bucks on buying a Pashmina, it’s best you understand how to identify a genuine one, since most outlets or traders are likely to fleece you under the garb of offering a great product!
This is the first and the most basic way to identify pure Cashmere. So, in case your product doesn’t feel as soft and itches once you wrap it, you’ve got your hands on a fake one! This is because Pashmina is a hypoallergenic fibre, which does not cause any allergic reaction. It is generally smooth and soft as butter, because it is made up of fibres of fine diameter. Besides, it is not straight and bumpy, which means the fibres stick to themselves but do not stick out at all.
Eye that label
Your product, if it’s genuine, is likely to have a label calling it out. There are times that it may have one and yet lack authenticity, but in case there isn’t at all, that should raise a red flag. At Pashmina.com, we are ahead of the curve; we understand how our customers deserve the quality and authenticity they invest in, so each of our pieces comes with a quality assurance certificate from the Crafts Development Institute, Government of India.
Show me the light
Hold the product under a light, if it’s transparent, then it’s not real Pashmina, because it does not transmit light. Besides, it isn’t shiny at all, so that’s another catch for you to notice. Checkout these amazing Real Pashmina Shawls Price.
Let’s get even
You certainly need to get even with a seller, if he’s sold you fake Pashmina for the price you paid. Jokes apart, the texture of your Pashmina will only be even if it’s machine made or a mixed blend instead of a pure one. An authentic Pashmina that has been painstakingly handcrafted will show some form of irregularities, since it’s done by hand. At Pashmina.com, our artisans painstakingly work for days and months to create a masterpiece that’s fine and accentuates your personality and your outfit.
Rub it the right way
This might sound odd to you, but it’s the right step! When you rub the fabric, you will know what the animal fibres are made up of. Synthetic fibres like acrylic and polyester when rubbed together generate massive static electricity as well as little sparks. In the case of Pashmina, none of this happens, so you’d have your proof right there!
Take a chill pill
We don’t mean it literally, but this is another test you must not miss. Pashmina is an animal fibre and is likely to pill, however much you try. Pilling can be reduced to an extent but won’t completely go. If you don’t spot any pilling, it means that there is some synthetic product.
Burn baby, burn
No, we aren’t talking about the lyrics of a song, but involves burning a tiny fringe of a Pashmina to check if it’s genuine. You need to be really careful while doing this; you don’t want to burn down that precious piece. Once you lit up that scrap, notice how it smells and looks. Genuine pashmina will leave a burnt hair smell and there’ll be some powdery residue behind. If it’s a synthetic fibre, you may smell burnt leaves and it will burn more brightly and leave a small bump behind.
These are some of the most common and simple ways to know if your Pashmina is a genuine one. These are mostly fail-proof and help in buying the right product and prevent you from getting fleeced. Phew! Not only is there pain of having lost your money, but it also turns you against such beautiful works of art because of an unpleasant shopping experience.
We, at Pashmina.com, are one of the world’s largest curators of pure and handcrafted Himalayan cashmere products. Each of our pieces epitomises the highest levels of quality and royalty and will make you feel no less than nobility yourself. Our range of shawls, stoles, scarves and wraps will enrapture the world with its beauty and sublime softness. It’s not just the beauty and exquisiteness that we are concerned about; credibility is what sets us apart from the rest. Our pieces are first painstakingly handcrafted with the finest designs and reflect the highest quality of craftsmanship. After this labour of love sees the light of the day, it is sent for quality assurance to the Crafts Development Institute, Ministry of Textiles as part of Govt of India that certifies each product. After all, you deserve a product that’s as warm and real as you!
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