Whether shopping for yourself or a gift for someone else, you might be wondering what the difference is between a pashmina and a wool scarf. Pashmina is the name given to scarves made from 100% cashmere wool, whereas a wool scarf could be crafted from wool of any breed of sheep.

Where does pashmina come from?

This is the name given to the finest cashmere wool, which comes from the undercoat of the aptly named Pashmina goat. It is one of four species of domestic wool-bearing goat raised in the beautiful Himalayas. The wool is hand spun and woven throughout India, Kashmir and Nepal. As it is quite rare and the craftsmanship so superior, it can be quite expensive and is recognised around the world as a luxury fabric.

Can pashmina be blended with other fabrics?

In short, yes. It can be blended with a variety of fabrics, including: less high-grade cashmere, other wools and silk. Blends are often preferable, for both durability and affordability reasons. But, that said, nothing can beat the feeling of pure 100% pashmina wool.

Are there fake pashmina products on the market?

Unfortunately, yes. Some dishonest retailers claim that their scarves have been made from this expensive wool when they have, in fact, been made from a blend or another fabric entirely. To ensure you’re getting the real deal, pay close attention to the look and feel of the