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Timeless Luxury - The Pashmina Shawl

Posted on August 22, 2014 by Noorin Khamisani | 0 comments

It's that time of year again. The evenings are getting chilly and you are searching for something to keep you cosy.  We love the timeless elegance and functionality of the pashmina shawl, the perfect item to help you make the transition from summer to autumn. 

Empress Josephine Bonaparte, the original fashion trend setter, is said to have introduced cashmere shawls to women in the western world in the late 1700's.   A portrait of the Empress Josephine by Antoine-Jean Gros (1809) shows her wearing a shawl draped around her in the manner of a Greek Doric Chiton.  Here's our model showing the timeless nature of this essential accessory with her cashmere pashmina draped round her. 

So why are pashminas so soft, warm and light? It's mainly because of the Capra-Hircus goats that produce the fleece. They live at very high altitudes in Mongolia, often in sub-zero temperatures and they have a very fine and warm under-layer of fleece that helps to keep them warm.  The Sanskrit word for this fleece is 'pashm', hence the name pashmina, which is commonly used to describe the very finest cashmere from the chin and underbelly of the goat. 

Our pashmina works as an elegant shoulder wrap for an occasion, it's also large enough for snuggling under in the evening, or using whilst travelling.  It's very light and even if you bundle it up to stuff into your bag it will to drop its creases very quickly. 

This is a versatile wardrobe staple that also makes a thoughtful gift.

Browse our range of pashmina's here.


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