Around 20 years ago, Pashmina was the universal choice of most aristocracies. But no one knew that there would be questionable imitation and false Pashminas in Dubai. When a product has a mass-market, chances are more for it to have replicas as well.
Pashminas are genuinely made of cashmere wool. Once the cashmere wool is sourced from the goats in the summer, it goes into another process. First they are cleaned, spun and then handwoven on the traditional wooden loom into luxury Pashmina scarves and shawls
Below are 5 tips for you to identify a pure pashmina
1 - Always have an irregular weave
This is one of the simplest tests which can be done at ease. A pashmina is woven on a handloom. Once you hold the Pashmina against the light, you can see its weave not to be even, which helps it identify against the fake ones. Machine made, so called Pashminas are very evenly woven, a clear sign of being a copy.
2 - Static electricity will not be generated with an original pashmina.
Do you want to test it? Well, all you have to do is hold two ends of the Pashmina in both hands and rub the two parts against each other; if there is any spark, it would mean it has plastic-based material used in it, which helps you identify whether its a real one or a replica.
3 - Pashmina will always pill.
Pilling is a formation of clumps or fuzzy balls, which is seen on a piece of woolen fabric. Pilling is an essential factor, as pilling is only identified on animal fibers, Pashmina being that of a goat. Additionally, you will notice pilling only after using the product a few times, so if the Pashmina does NOT pill, it is not an original one.
4 - Original Pashmina always gives out a burnt smell
This odour should be similar to when hair is burnt. Hence, once you burn a thread, it should smell like hair and leave a powdery residue. If it smells like vinegar, burnt leaves or plastic and you see big flames and clumps of ash, it means it is viscose or polyester. So, the burn test should help you identify between the original and fake one too.
5 - Glue fixes everything. Doesn't it?
Well, you do not want to waste any time on any labels or tags glued to a Pashmina, as most likely it will be a fake one. Glue doesn't stay long on an authentic pashmina; if there needs to be a tag or a label, it often has to be stitched in the fabric itself.
Nomadic Camel offers you a wide variety of products online where you can shop for original pashmina shawl online. They are hand embroidered with 100% cashmere used on them. Original Pashmina shawl Dubai are not easy to find but on the Nomadic Camel, you have one of the best authentic collections of Pashmina direct from manufacturers. Pashmina shawl price in Dubai varies, from place to place. On the nomadic camel website, the price range is as low as AED 850 and it goes up to AED8,500