Pashmina shawls, Nepal

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Pashmina shawls, Kathmandu, Nepal

PASHMINA SHAWLS, Soft, Silky and snug

It is one winter accessory that never goes out of vogue – the eternal shawl. People all over the world have kept themselves warm with shawls since time immemorial, and it is unlikely they will ever stop wearing them. From animal skin shawls to today’s ultra fine pashmina shawls, these wrapper stoles have evolved over the ages.

The varieties of shawls you get today are as mind-blowing as the colors, texture, shapes and sizes of the shawls themselves. As usual pashmina shawls and stoles are a rage among fashion savvy people around the globe this winter also. “Since the past few years, pashmina has become affordable. The prices of the materials have gone down over the years,” says Bikas Wosti of Cashmere Pashmina Palace at Thamel. According to him, pashmina shawls can be broadly categorized into two types – 100% pashmina shawls and silk-based shawls with 25% silk and 75% pashmina.




“There are also different grades, A, B, and C, within these two categories of shawls. Category A is 100% pashmina shawl that comes for Rs. 3,000 a piece, category B for Rs.2,000 each and category C for Rs. 1,500 per piece and the prices may also vary from shop to shop,” explains Wosti.
The prices of the shawls automatically increase when they sport embroidery, bead works or other kinds of embellishments. The heavier the works, the higher the prices.
Other great appeals of these luxuriant shawls are their colors. From whispery shade of a certain color to its boldest hue, you can get the exact shade you want. Whether you want to match your shawl with your light colored chiffon saree or your dark office suit, all you have to do is take your outfit to a pashmina store and get a matching shawl for yourself.
For those of you who prefer pashmina stoles, you can get them in abundance and color choices.
“You can get A-grade 100% pashmina stole for Rs 2,400, B grade for Rs. 1,600 and C grade for Rs. 600,” according to Wosti of the same Cashmere Pashmina Palace at Thamel.
Buying pashmina shawls is a tricky affair, however. The choices you get in the market can make you of dizzy and it needs a discerning eye to pick a good quality shawl.
“While picking a very expensive pashmina shawl, it’s better to take the help of someone who has a good knowledge of pashmina. But even otherwise, you can feel it and see its softness. Good quality pashmina are very soft,” cautions Wosti.

Caring for pashmina shawls is easy unless you wish them at home.
“They need to be dry cleaned. You’ll ruin them if you wash them at home,” says Leya, salesperson at Seasons, a Kashmiri shop at Durbar Marg. “While storing them you can use camphor balls but you should never wrap them in paper. The best thing to keep away the vermin would be to use dried neem leaves,” she says. When you care for your shawl properly, you can wear it year after year without the fear of looking like someone stuck in the style time wrap since it is a purchase that will not be affected by mercurial fashion trends. Whether you wrap it around you in your grandmotherly style or just drape it over your shoulders elegantly, it is bound to give you warmth or enhance your getup.

After all, today’s fashion is less about trends and more about personal style. Pashmina shawls help you see to it that it remains forever true.


Source: The kathmandu Post 26/12/2004


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