As the world’s most celebrated luxury fiber, people’s love with Pashmina has grown over the centuries. With its earliest documented use going back to years, till today it stands unchallenged as one of the most novel, sophisticated art that has made its way to the trousseau and wardrobes of the royals. Owing a Pashmina is a matter of pride, and it’s this exclusivity calls for suitable care and maintenance.
In general, dry cleaning is the preferred method of washing for pashmina and cashmere care. But if that’s not an option you can hand-wash it carefully, following the instructions below:
- Wash very gently in cold water using soft detergent, such as baby shampoo or Woolite.
- Detergent must be dissolved completely before putting pashmina in water.
- Do not twist during washing.
- After washing do not wring to dry. Instead – lay it flat to dry.
- Once dry, you may warm iron, but put a piece of paper or cloth between the iron and the fabric.
Store your Pashmina in a muslin cloth to avoid the development of lint or short fibers that separate the surface of cloth or yarn. Fold it neatly inside out in moth-proof stuff. Keep the Pashmina in a drawer or storage box with dried Azadirachta Indica or Indian Lilac sachets or lavender sachets to repel moths. If you want to store your cashmere over a longer seasonal period, you can also consider getting plastic zip storage bags so that moths can’t penetrate it.
Do not use naphthalene balls while storing the Pashmina as it can mar its beauty and give it a permanent smell.
Keep your Pashmina at a cool, dry place. In case of contact with moisture, visit a dry cleaner to get the issue sorted.
Aerate your cashmere articles periodically, preferably once a month to avoid moths in your exclusive Pashmina products.
Never expose your Pashmina to direct heat or extreme sunlight as it can damage the garment’s texture.
Brush the shawl, scarf, or stole after every wear as they hoard dust easily.
Many Pashmina accessories get passed on from one generation to another. To ensure yours does that too, allow the garment to go through professional restoration after every few years to maintain its newness.
Never hang a Pashmina in the closet as it can cause the fabric to stretch and lose its shape. Instead, always fold and stack it neatly to keep the material crisp.
In case your Pashmina develops a thread snag that is running across the fabric, take your fingernail and rub across the threads, kind of like you are scratching something. Of course, don’t make it too rough because you will make it worse. Just follow the link of that thread all the way to the end and clip it.
Taking care of your Pashmina is this simple. All you need to do is give it some attention while storing and washing, and the garment will remain fresh for the years to come.