How to Care for Pashmina Products

Cashmere pashmina is the traditional shawl made from the very finest grade of cashmere wool and its preciousness is coming from the extraordinary softness and warmth, especially the Kashmiri made ones, microns are as thin as 12-15 microns.

Pashmina wool is known as “soft gold” in Persian, it is the finest, softest and warmest wool available in the Himalayan plateaus. Your beloved pashmina needs special attention due to its delicacy. It could become your best friend and lifetime partner if you know how to look after it.

The amazing quality of pashmina is that it actually becomes softer and more comfortable with each use. It is not uncommon to find quality pashmina Shawls that have been handed down from generation to generation in royal and wealthy families throughout the world.

Here are some instructions you can follow to keep your pashmina in good shape.

1. Airing

Enduring exposure to odors like food, cigarettes, and pollution can be difficult to remove. Airing your shawl regularly on time can help you get rid of them. Lay the pashmina flat on a bed or on a towel for about an hour or hang the shawl in the fresh air.

2. Resting

By letting your favorite cashmere pashminas rest for approximately 24 hours gives natural resilience and spring to the wool fibers and will also help them recover and return to their original shape. Hanging them in a steamy bathroom also helps refresh them.

3. Ironing

Shawls and scarves always look better if pressed. Use an iron in very low heat, and always remember iron on top of a cotton sheet. Without the sheet, you are risking to burn the pashmina coz the fiber is as thin as 12-14 microns (Kashmiri quality).

4. Dry away from direct sunlight

If your pashmina accidentally gets wet, do not use dryer to dry. Hang them in room temperature, but stay away from direct sunlight.

5. Storage

Since food stains and body oils attract moths, you should ensure your shawl is clean before packing it away. Use individual storage cotton bag can help them stay away from damp and guard them from bugs.  Use of traditional techniques such as spices can also help you prevent damage by insects.

  • Store your Pashmina in a muslin cloth to avoid the development of lint or short fibers that separate the surface of cloth or yarn. Fold it neatly inside out in moth-proof stuff. Keep the Pashmina in a drawer or storage box with dried Azadirachta indica or Indian Lilac sachets or lavender sachets to repel moths. If you want to store your cashmere over a longer seasonal period, you can also consider getting plastic zip storage bags so that moths can’t penetrate it.
  • Do not use naphthalene balls while storing the Pashmina as it can mar its beauty and give it a permanent smell.
  • Keep your Pashmina at a cool, dry place. In case of contact with moisture, visit a dry cleaner to get the issue sorted.
  • Aerate your cashmere articles periodically, preferably once a month to avoid moths in your exclusive Pashmina products
  • Never expose your Pashmina to direct heat or extreme sunlight as it can damage the garment’s texture.
  • Brush the shawl, scarf, or stole after every wear as they hoard dust easily.
  • Many Pashmina accessories get passed on from one generation to another. To ensure yours does that too, allow the garment to go through professional restoration after every few years to maintain its newness.
  • Never hang a Pashmina in the closet as it can cause the fabric to stretch and lose its shape. Instead, always fold and stack it neatly to keep the material crisp.
  • In case your Pashmina develops a thread snag that is running across the fabric, take your fingernail and rub across the threads, kind of like you are scratching something. Of course, don’t make it too rough because you will make it worse. Just follow the link of that thread all the way to the end and clip it.

Dry Cleaning

Pashmina is an unusual fabric that becomes softer with each use. With good care, you not only make it gentler to use but also add to the life of the garment. The fine weaving of Chyangra goats’ wool by Kashmiri artisans is an age-old tradition that brings out the best of Pashmina. Such a cloth must always be protected with the right care. It is advisable to dry clean the garment after a season’s use to maintain its durability. Natural wool and silk dry clean beautifully, helping to return your precious Pashmina to a “like-new” condition. It also prevents loss of color, and change of texture or finish due to extensive use

Dry clean is always recommended and a safe solution if you are not confident in hand wash. 

However, if you are experienced in handling this little beauty, you can hand wash her in cold water.

Let us share a little experience and our hand wash tips:

  • Wash in cold water using woolite 
  • Detergent must be dissolved completely before putting pashmina in water.
  • Do not twist during washing.
  • Simply lay it flat to dry, do not wring dry.
  • Use very low temperature,  iron with a cover sheet.
  • Hang it un-bunched to loosen the wrinkles.

Washing

Ideally, Pashmina should always be dry cleaned using organic solvents. It not only removes soil and stains from the fabric; but also maintains the shape, color, look of the garment. If that isn’t an option, use cold water to hand-wash your Pashmina in a separate container/bucket/sink. You may add a mild detergent such as baby shampoo, and make sure that it fully dissolves in water before you soak your garment in it. Later wash the Pashmina accessory softly while being extra careful of the hand-woven trusses.

To dry a Pashmina scarf, hang it out in shade, away from strong wind and let it dry-out slowly. Bigger/heavier garments can be kept it in a towel and rolled in to drench extra water before drying

Care Advice for Pashmina

  • Store in a dry place
  • Keep pashmina shawl in the cotton bag
  • Professional dry clean
  • Avoid prolonged exposure in sunlight, heat and sharp object in wardrobe.
  • If ironing requires, use low temperature and iron with a piece of cotton on top

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