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Highly recommend this pashmina

This pashmina is beautiful! Light and warm, lovely shade of cream - with an attractive sheen. It feels smooth and silky. I am definitely getting another one.

Sarah

Nice easy transaction and fast delivery

I love my pashmina, it's so elegant. I bought it to match my dress for my daughters wedding and it was just perfect! Although it has a light silky feel it kept me nice and warm, I highly recommend it at such a great price.

Janice

Excellent company!

Beautiful pashmina shawl, colour just as the photo depicted.
First class service from this company - from start of order, the follow up, to perfectly on time delivery of order, to excellent product. This was a gift and the recipient was very happy indeed. A well earned 5 stars!

Catrina

Very good quality Scarf and friendly service too.

Arrived promptly and safely packaged. This was bought as a present but I can say it looks and feels the part; lovely and soft, and warm to the touch. It certainly appears to be a quality item, with a beautiful appearance and excellent finish.

Trisha
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Pashmina Scarf / Wedding Shawl

The “Pashmina”, or if you prefer, Pashmina Scarf, shot to prominence in the 1990’s when Pashminas were all over the catwalks of London, Paris, New York and Milan. Since then Shawls in all shapes and sizes have become a staple of almost every fashion conscience women’s wardrobe, and a classic fashion accessory, especially for formal events and particularly as a wedding shawl. What could be more elegant than a large cream or white Pashmina Scarf draped around the shoulders of the bride and bridesmaids? In fact, wedding shawls have been used by many cultures for thousands of years so really this modern trend is steeped in tradition. 

The Wool of Kings

The word “Pashmina” is also steeped in history and comes from ancient Persian and means “wool of the kings”. Thousands of years ago nomads living in the high Himalayas discovered that the wild goats that lived at these elevated altitudes would lose some of their fine coats as it got snagged on thorny bushes. They would naturally malt in summer months and people would search for these clumps of wool. This raw fibre was then spun into a fine yarn which was then woven by locals on traditional wooden handlooms into shawls and scarves. Over time demand for these exceedingly fine shawls increased and with such a limited supply of product the prices naturally went sky high. This is how the Pashmina became the wool of the kings. It was so expensive that only royalty could afford it. It is said that to wear one of these is like having a warm hand on your back.

Over time the goats that provided the yarn were domesticated but to produce the extra fine yarn they still needed to live in bitter cold at 4500 – 6000mts altitude and supplies of yarn would always been limited. As the popularity of the Pashmina scarf or shawl increased merchants and artisans would add value by embellishing them with intricate hand embroidery. The very best of these would take over two years to embroider and cost, in todays terms thousands of pounds. For the daughter of a rich family this would have been the ultimate wedding shawl. 

The Growth of Popularity of the Pashmina Scarf

The popularity of shawls and pashminas in Western cultures started with the East India Company. The wealthy British colonialists saw these stunning works of art and used to take some home as presents for their family. Of course, demand soon out stripped supply and so the hunt was on to be able to produce the pashmina scarf in Europe. The breakthrough came with the invention of the Jacquard loom. This allowed for intricate patterns to be woven directly into the fabric by using a punch card system to control the shuttles of the numerous weft threads. This was in fact the very first binary computer operating system. Although this type of loom was invented in France it was in the Scottish town of Paisley near Glasgow that the mass production of patterned wool shawls first took hold, and this is how the famous swirling pattern became known as Paisley. Until the invention of this complicated loom weaving could only produce patterns such as stripes, twill and houndstooth, to name but a few. Of course the Tartan scarf is one early example of a distinctive design using simple vertical and horizontal stripes.

Pashmina as a Wedding Shawl

The rest, as they say, is history. Now a pashmina scarf or wedding shawl was within the reach of thousands of aspiring women and the trend spread across the Atlantic and around the globe. Fast forward to the 1990’s and the mass popularisation of the Pashmina and it is easy to see the timeless appeal of what is a very attractive yet endlessly versatile garment. Nowadays the word pashmina has become a generic term for a large scarf, or a stole or a shawl. To this day you can still buy extremely high quality hand embroidered and intricately woven products, but it is the plain single colour piece dyed items which have gained the most popularity. These can be used casually or for more formal events such as debutants balls, a day at the races or evening wear but as a wedding shawl they are superb. If you are after something lighter weight and smaller such as a silk scarf you will love our range of Thai silk scarves in over 20 great colours.

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