Whenever you think about luxurious shawls, Pashmina will be the name that would come to your mind in the first place. It is not only the best way to stay warm in the chilly winter days but also look regal and stylish. It is true that Pashmina is something luxurious and expensive. The reason behind this is the scarcity of the availability and effort to produce one shawl.
The original Pashmina Shawls are made from the wool of a special variety of goats which are found in the upper Himalayan valley of Kashmir. It is quite difficult to collect the hair of the goats and then clean them in the proper way to spin the wool. No artificial or chemical is used in the process. There is no machine process also involved. The whole manufacturing of the shawl is done manually and organically.
So, it is quite challenging to get a real Pashmina. There are many businessmen who sell fake Pashmina at a cheap price. Only the experienced eyes and proper knowledge will help people to identify fake Pashmina. If you are planning to buy one in recent time, then check out this guide to know the secret of identifying the real piece.
• Check the waves:
The original Pashmina is woven in the handloom by the hands of the artisans. As the result, the weaves are quite irregular. On the other hand, machine products have a regular and even weave. You need to check it against the light. This is the simplest test to identify pure Pashmina is Real or Fake.
• Check the appearance:
The Pashmina is a natural material made of the undercoat of the Changthangi goat. So, there is no artificial fabric mixed in it. For that reason, the appearance of the original Pashmina is not glossy but matte. It may shine a little, but in case you find it shinning too much, then it is definitely a fake one.
• Check the diameter:
The authentic Pashmina must have the 14-15.5 micron diameter of the fabric. The manufacturers mention the micron in the tag attached with the shawl. Anything higher than that is not Pure Pashmina. When the micron count is lower, the Pashmina will be lighter and softer.
After the checking process, there are a few types of tests that can help you to understand the originality of the Pashmina. The burn test is the most effective one. You need to pick one thread from the shawl (if only the shop owner allows you to do it). Now place the thread into a metal or ceramic plate then fire it with a match. In case, you get the smell of a burned hair and the ashes are powdery, then it is most likely pure Pashmina.
On the other hand, when it smells like burnt plastic, vinegar, or leaves and you can see big flames while burning and finally form a lump like ash, then the fiber is definitely artificial (most probably polyester or viscose). You can also do a rub test by rubbing the Pashmina in between two fingers. If the material is artificially mixed, then it will produce a spark and static electricity that pure Pashmina will never produce.