How to Spot a Fake Pashmina

Written by leslie r. thompson
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Pashmina scarves and wraps are made in Kashmir, India. They are made of wool, combed from the bellies of goats that live in the Himalayas. Pashmina is not a type of wool, but a textile made from wool (specifically from Kashmiri goats) and processed, often with silk, in a manner that softens the fabric. Over the years, the word "pashmina" has become synonymous with wraps and scarves, but knowing a little about pashminas can help you spot the real deal.

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    Research the seller. If online, make sure labels are sewn, not glued, into the garment. The label should say 100 percent cashmere, not pashmina. If a seller has bad photos, do not buy.

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    Check out the real thing by going to a department store that carries authentic pashminas. Touch the fabric. There should be very little sheen, and the material should be soft and all cashmere wool. Try to generate static electricity. The material should not conduct static.

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    Look at the price tag. Real pashmina is expensive. There is no cheap shortcut to the real thing. If you are concerned, buy pashmina only from reputable department stores and avoid buying on the internet.

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