GANESH - Authentic Pashmina Shawl
COMPOSITION: 80% merino wool 20% pashmina
SIZE: 125 x 250 cm / 50 x 100 in approx.
DETAILS: With fringes
Any shawl that has the pashmina-cashmere fiber in its composition will offer a unique combination of insulating warmth and fluidity in the way the shawl envelops the body. This GANESH shawl with its blend of 20% pashmina-cashmere to 80% fine merino wool offers us the best of both worlds, thickness, warmth and softness in a single shawl.
Nowadays, the word “pashmina” has become the generic name for a shawl. This is a misnomer, and many shawls, both in synthetic as much as natural fibres, are often touted as pashmina.
Pashmina is the finest fibre available*. This wonder comes from the « Changthangi » goat that lives in the high Himalayan mountains in Ladakh. The goats of this region produce the most beautiful pashmina in the world.
These goats are raised and cared for by semi-nomadic people who must move to allow the flock to forage. They collect pashmina every spring and each goat gives about 3 to 8 ounces of fibre. The fibres of pashmina are only 10 to 14 microns. A micron is 7 to 8 times thinner than human hair.
This regal fibre is luxuriously soft, feather light and surprisingly warm for its weight.
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* The Shahtoosh fibre which comes from the Tibetan antelope (Charu), is even finer than pashmina. However, in order for the fibre to be collected the life of the animal must be sacrificed. As a result, this antelope has become an endangered species and it is absolutely forbidden to collect its fibres.
Care and Maintenance
If the process described below does not suit you, you can certainly send the shawl for DRY CLEANING.
HOW TO WASH YOUR SHAWL SAFELY:
Dissolve a little quantity of mild detergent - like gentle shampoo or woolen soap - with cold or lukewarm water (at 30 °C /86 °F maximum)
Submerge the shawl in the water and move it gently for a few minutes. Do not use fabric softener and rinse the shawl very well by running cool water through it to remove the soap.
You can then take out extra water by applying gentle pressure. NEVER RING, NEVER TWIST.
Remove the excess water by rolling the shawl in a clean towel.
Preferably lay it flat. If not possible, fold it once or twice to prevent the fibres to be stretched too much and hang it on the clothes line in avoiding direct sun or any proximity to heat sources.
Once dry, if available, the shawl can be steamed which will fluff the fibres. Otherwise, it can be ironed with a warm iron.