The history of the pashminais an interesting one. Defined as a type of cashmere wool, the textiles made from it were first woven in Kashmir. The origins of the name are from Persian/ pasmina, meaning wool. The wool comes from a number of different breeds of cashmere goat, such as the chanthangi. Pashmina then came to be known as a cashmere in the western world, mainly because Europeans first encountered this fibre in Kashmir.
Now Pashmina’s are commonly seen as fashion item and an essential part of a ladies staple wardrobe. It is versatile in textures, weights, prints colours and designs. One of the most common trends for pashminas is to use them to accessorise bridesmaid’s outfits. Indeed, there is something quite striking about seeing a train of bridesmaids all wrapped up in the same style and colour pashmina. Another trend is decorate the chairs of a wedding hall by tying the scarf around the back of the chair.
Personally i like to take a pashmina with me where ever i go. Not only does it add an ascetic value and make an outfit look more glamorous and ‘dressy’ but there are all of the practical benefits as well. On a summers day there is always the risk of the weather turning chilly, a coat or a cardigan is usually to heady but a pashmina wrap is perfect if you find yourself if this situation. I have been rescued by by my trusted pashmina on many occasions like this.
They say that variety is the spice of life...just as well as i think my pashmina obsession has resulted in me having a collection of at least 15 different colours. I have a red pashmina, a black pashmina, beige...I basically have a pashmina to match every outfit. Better still, i sometimes match my pashmina wrap with a handbag or shoe as i find that this combination really polishes off an outfit resulting in an understated glamour’s look.