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3 Unusual Tests to Examine the Authenticity of Pashmina

September 20, 2019 by Phamb  

When you buy a Pashmina shawl online or offline, there is always a fear of buying the fake product. Pashmina is pure wool which is obtained from the hilly Himalayan Pashmina goats or Changthangi goats. These goats are found in Nepal, Kashmir and Himachal. Shawls from the wool are produced by especially Kashmiri weavers. The process of shawl making is entirely based on handwork. Therefore, these shawls are expensive. If the price is too low to believe, the purity level may be compromised. Be careful while purchasing Pashmina. Below are some pro tips to identify the purity of the product.

Burning Test

It is one of the easiest ways to know the quality of Pashmina. In this test, the fabric quality is identified in less than a minute. All you need to do is to pick a strand of the shawl from its corner. It is not going to harm the file quality. Burn the strand with the help of a lighter. While burning, smell the thread. Does it smell like burning a hair strand? If yes, it is an authentic Pashmina shawl. There is one more thing need to examine. It is the residue. If the ashes of the thread don't look like a lump, it is an authentic product. The ashes will turn into powder as you touch.

Rub Test

It is another easy way to examine the authenticity of the Pashmina. In this test, take the shawl in a dark corner and rub it gently. Does it spark while rubbing? If it doesn't spark, the product is authentic. Polyester and viscose are often sold in the name of Pashmina. The man-made fabric sparks when you rub it. An authentic Pashmina shawl will never spark no matter how much you rub it. Right after rubbing, take the rubbing area over your head. Does it attract your hair? Viscose and other man-made fabric develop the static electricity that attracts hair.

Check the Label

The label the material has is often sewn to the product. The fake material has the label which is stick to it with an adhesive. An authentic Pashmina doesn't stand glue for a long time. Therefore, the label is often sewn with the product. Along with the company name, it contains details of the microns. If you notice the micron count from 14 to 19, it is the best quality product. Don't buy a Pashmina shawl over 19 microns.