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
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
“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
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
“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
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