How to tell a fake from a real pashmina

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How to tell a fake from a real pashmina
Inspect pashmina carefully to determine its authenticity. (Scarf image by Welt from

Pashmina scarves and wraps are made of wool that comes from Himalayan goats. Pashmina itself is a textile made from the wool. Pashminas are available in a variety of colours and thicknesses. The material feels soft and will keep you warm when it's chilly. To detect a fake pashmina from a real one, you will need to do a little research before your next shopping trip.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Place the pashmina on your chin. The chin has sensitive skin that will allow you to feel the pashmina easily. If the pashmina causes your skin to itch, then it does not contain a high percentage of cashmere.

  2. 2

    Inspect the label on the pashmina. A real pashmina will have a tag sewn on the material. It will say 100 per cent cashmere instead of 100 per cent pashmina.

  3. 3

    Check out the fabric. Look at the pashmina under a light. The material will not appear reflective. Touch the pashmina with your hands to feel the texture. Real pashminas will not produce any static electricity.

  4. 4

    Look at the price tag. Retailers do not discount pashminas by a lot because the material is expensive. Buy your pashmina from a reputable dealer to ensure that it is cashmere.

  5. 5

    Dampen the material. You may need to ask for permission from the store first to ensure that you do not damage anything. If you slightly dampen an area of the pashmina with water, it will smell like wet animal. While the odour will not be strong, you will notice it.

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