Pashmina, popularly generally known as cashmere wool, is well-known not simply in India but in addition globally for its beautiful softness, heat, lengthy life, and inimitable magnificence. It derives its identify from pashmn – the below fleece of the mountain goat known as Chyangra (Capra Hircus), which lives within the excessive altitude of 12,000 toes within the Himalayan areas of Nepal. It’s the popular alternative for a lot of throughout the winter season because the thermal conductivity of this wool could be very excessive, making it among the finest insulators.
Nevertheless, owing to the widespread recognition of pashmina, a number of faux Pashmina merchandise have entered the market in the previous few many years and proceed to inundate outlets, particularly within the northern elements of the nation. These faux pashmina merchandise (often, shawls) are an amalgamation of cashmere and artificial fibres, and are, as a rule, made utilizing machines versus the normal methodology of handloom.
So, how do you differentiate an authentic Pashmina from a faux one? In line with a viral video on Facebook, one can recognise an genuine pashmina utilizing a easy method. “We are going to make a gap within the pashmina in entrance of you and even go a pen by way of it. However, as a result of it’s made on the handloom, the threads will come collectively as the material is rubbed, and the opening will disappear. In case the threads don’t come collectively, wash the scarf and see the opening disappear,” a shopkeeper may be heard saying within the video, whereas demonstrating the method.
However is it really the right strategy to recognise an genuine pashmina? Specialists disagree.
Jasir Arfat, CEO and Founder, Hunar the Craft, mentioned that this method is just not right. “If the opening could be very, very small, then the threads of a handwoven material may come collectively and take again their authentic place. However, should you pierce it with a pen after which anticipate it to come back again, it gained’t occur. The threads will get disconnected. This can be a strategy to idiot clients, very like the ring method by which shopkeepers go a so-called Pashmina scarf by way of it claiming it to be actual,” he mentioned.
Agreeing, Jaya Jaitly, crafts pioneer and politician, added that this methodology is fake. “One can poke a gap in a loosely woven wool however not when it’s tightly woven. In both case, it’s not doable to deliver the threads again collectively as a result of they get disconnected.”
The one check to find out an genuine pashmina is the GI (Geographical Indication) check, based on Arfat. “The GI tag is simply given to these pashmina merchandise which are utterly handwoven and handspun. So, clients ought to search for this tag whereas shopping for. There are some authentic pashmina shawls which don’t have the GI tag as a result of the yarn is machine-spun and the shawl is handwoven,” he defined.