|1. What is pashmina? Is it the same as cashmere
and shahtoosh ?
|Pashmina is a term applied to the wool, and products
made from the wool, derived from the undercoat of the Capra hircus
goat, a domestic breed raised primarily at high elevations in Asia.
Wool from the same goats, but of a higher quality (a couple of microns
thinner, in general) has been used to produce "pashmina"
Shahtoosh, on the other hand, is
a fiber derived from the undercoat of an endangered Tibetan antelope,
and is illegal in most Western countries. It is much more expensive
|2. What does the 70% Pashmina - 30% silk
|The original Pashmina
is a mix of 70% Pashmina wool and 30% silk. True 100% Pashmina is
palpably lighter and a little warmer than silk blends, however, they
are not as strong as the 70/30 and they lack the sheen and the elegant
drape of the silk.
|3. What is a Single
Ply, Double Ply, 2 Paddle, 4 Paddle ?
|Single Strand of wool is
used to make regular Pashmina silk blend Pashmina: thus Single Ply,
2 Strands of Pashmina yarn is used making a double ply. Double Ply
contains more Pashmina than single ply. 2 Paddle and 4 Paddled Pashmina
are for 100% Pashmina. 2 Paddle is looser weave, while 4 paddle is
a tighter weave.
Are your Pashmina`s hand loomed or machine loomed ?
|All our Pashmina are
individually hand loomed by Nepalise craftspeople. Each Pashmina,
after being created are colored individually by hand. Beware of traders
selling machine loomed pashmina as the far superior hand loomed variety.
|5. Who weaves
and dyes the Pashminas ?
|Our Pashmina are hand-crafted
in Nepal. Every winter pashmina wool is sheared from the mountain
goats and washed and graded. The wool is spun into yarn. Silk yarn
and Pashmina yarn are hand-woven in wooden frames, the ends are cut
and ready to be dyed. After dyeing, fringes are knotted and the Pashmina
are dry cleaned for final packaging.
|6. Why is your
Pashminas available at such a low price ?
|Since we are direct manufacturers,
no commission, no middleman importers and no retail profits are involved.
|7. What is your
refund policy ?
|If for any reason you
are not satisfied with our products, we will gladly offer you an exchange
or a refund for the full cost of the product on your own consignment
cost, provided the products are unworn and unmarked.
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