“ Brand: Pashmina Paradise / Type: Scarf „
As the weather turns chilly, I'm already digging out my winter scarves. Over the last few years, I've accumulated quite a collection made from various materials, knitted and woven and from wool to silk. My favourite winter neck warmers, however, are pashmina shawls and I now have several in different colourways.
Many scarves being sold in the UK as pashminas are in fact nothing of the sort. A true pashmina is made from a very fine cashmere which is woven from the wool of the pashmina goat. Pashmina goats live high up in the Himalayas and their wool, as one would expect, is of a quality which keeps them toasty warm in a very inhospitable environment. A true pashmina is also hand woven and as a consequence has a much less uniform weave and texture. In fact, these pashminas are so finely woven that it's possible to see daylight through the weave but don't be fooled into thinking it won't keep you warm.
The first real pashmina that I bought was through eBay and from a company called Pashmina Paradise and I was so impressed with the quality of the scarf and its warming qualities that I've bought several more since, though I now buy them through Amazon where Pashmina Paradise also have a presence.
As these are the genuine article and therefore imported into Britain, the pashminas sold by Pashmina Paradise aren't the cheapest around but they more than make up for this in their quality, length of life and wearability. On eBay, Pashmina Paradise (who use the seller ID of pashmina1paradise) currently sell a 100% pashmina scarf for £13.99 plus postage costs of £1.90. The same item on Amazon retails for between £13.99 and £16.99 depending on colour choice with free postage. I should add that these are sold as being 'new seconds' but apart from some slight irregularities in the weave, which give them a delightful individuality, none of the pashminas I've bought have been anything but superb quality.
These particular pashminas are 70" long by 27" wide or for the decimalised amongst you, 182cm x 70cm.
The first pashmina that I bought from this seller was in black and I was a little disconcerted when it arrived to see just how thin the weave was but I needn't have worried because despite the fineness of the weave, it provided a wonderful warmth both doubled up and wrapped round the neck or worn as a stole. After that first purchase, I was smitten with pashmina love and have added to my collection with several more and in more cheerful colours. These pashminas are sold in 49 different colourways, including a few two-toned ones, so there's bound to be a pashmina to suit everybody.
My mother lives in a care home and buying presents for her is always such a headache because there's very little she needs. Now, every Christmas she gets a pashmina. The one I bought for her last Christmas was in a lovely silver grey which I thought would go with everything in her wardrobe. She's worn this every day since Christmas (old ladies in care homes do a lot of sitting about doing nothing which can be quite chilly) and though it was looking a little worse for wear the last time I saw her a couple of weeks ago, it's stood up to daily wear and frequent washing in the home's industrial washing machine remarkably well. I've owned my own pashminas for several years now and they all look as good as new.
Each pashmina comes with care instructions. Washing by hand is recommended as they are of such a fine weave but they are also robust enough to go through a washing machine on a delicates programme although they will probably need a bit of reshaping afterwards.
I can't recommend Pashmina Paradise highly enough. They deliver quickly and have a great product which retails for much less than other outlets. I've only written about their 100% pashmina wool scarves but the company also sell pashmina/silk blends which have a smoother and, of course, silkier finish to the fabric and are every bit as warm.
I wouldn't necessarily say that these are solely for women either. I tend to wear my pashminas most often as a scarf, doubled over and looped in the French manner which would do equally well for men and keep them a lot warmer than a knitted wool scarf, too.
Sadly, there doesn't seem to be a picture with this item but you can check out all this company has to offer using the links below. I've also included a link demonstrating ways to tie your scarf. Buy one of these lovely items and I guarantee you, too, will soon be in pashmina paradise!
eBay Store: (pashmina1paradise)
YouTube tutorial on how to wear your pashmina