Since the mid 1990s, a craze for pashmina scarves and shawls has been part of the fashion world. Although the fine and high quality product has been produced by hand harvested and spun wool for centuries, the product did not receive much notice by fashion aware women until that decade. The fad resulted in the availability of the product depleted by the sudden and strong demand. Prices soared and quality plummeted as lower quality products were sold as being pashmina. In fact, today, many products sold as pashmina still contain a blend of either cashmere or pashmina wool (70%) and silk (30%) or even the two in equal parts. It is not uncommon for normal wool to replace or be added to that of the Kashmir goats. Unfortunately, some sellers still retail these inferior scarves and shawls at the same price of the “real deal”.
It is easy to feel the difference between genuine, high quality, 100% pure pashmina scarves and shawls and the inferior blend. The softness and texture are one of the reasons for the original and sometimes exorbitant prices. Today’s marketplace features a more even balance between the supply and demand for pashmina wool. The result has been decreased prices. Nevertheless, some unprincipled retailers of pashmina scarves and shawls persist in promoting inferior products of blended materials for lofty prices. The reality is, however, you can inexpensively and easily now purchase 100% pure high quality, pashmina scarves and shawls
The lack of quality is always visible. A blended pashmina scarf or shawl reveals its actual quality in how it hangs and feels. A 100% pure piece pashmina fabric is as airy as a feather, incredibly warm and beautifully soft. If a producer mixes other wools or materials in with the wool, it will lose or reduce many, if not all, of these properties.
With the prices greatly reduced, you no longer have to compromise. Truly magnificent examples of pure pashmina scarves and shawls are now affordable. The versatility and practicality of these charming accessories makes them the best bang for your buck. This is an accessory for all seasons handily driving away both the chill of a summer night and the blast of a winter’s eve. The multitude of available colors and patterns makes it a favorite for any occasion – even walking the dog or doing laundry. Whether draped across the shoulders to highlight your classic ball gown or tossed around the neck to keep out a chill, your stunning pashmina scarf or shawl is always ready – do not leave home without it.
March 11, 2011
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