12 thoughts on “Pashminas

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  2. jean

    Andrea,…I bought about 40 pashmina scarfs a couple years back and really wanted to wear them…
    They have been soo difficult to wear being so thick and wide…today I measured the difference between them and your average tichel and found it was between 5-7 inches in width
    ..so I serged 6 inches off one side of the pashmina ( length wise)and wrapped it around my head and found, that small amount taken off alllowed it to wrap easier and less weight. The remaining piece taken off could be used as a sash on your dress..as a matching piece to your wrap.


      1. jean

        Pashmina alterations=
        Surging the edge of the Pashmina gave it a more..”.normal look…” on the edge where I had cut it=..and didn’t affect the appearance at all..Of course when I put it back on my head I placed the serged edge in back. I even went back and took off another 3 inches…totally 8 inches in all cut off , length wise.
        I remembered how you had mentioned in one of your videos, that a tichel should go from the top forehead area to the base of the neck. So now this particular Pashmina is just a tad over 20 inches wide.
        Putting it back on ,was less heavy and easier to wrap. Now, the fringe… I find sometimes a real pain in the neck so I am even thinking of snipping them off to prevent the hassel of tucking them in. The 2 strips I trimmed off lengthwise can be stitched together to be a nice sash…where ever one might wear one….
        I just wanted to add this suggestion since those of us who might have all these pashminas..( 40 of them)..might find it easier and more comfy to just trim them down to a more scarf like width


  3. jean

    ps…no I didnt sew up the seam on the edge……because it looked ok without it…serging has a pro-ish look all its own..but anyone could if they wanted to


  4. jean

    Being someone who is new to head covering I find some issues wearing tight underscarfs and elastic volumizers. They cause head ache problems which require taking a break from the pressure.. Realizing the volumizer gives a needed rounded look in the bun area… I set out to fabricate my own means of that rounded look minus the elastic temple squeeze..
    This week I stitched a piece of velvet measuring 16″ x16″….to a tube shape, I used velvet because it soft and molds nicely around your bun.
    I rolled it up like a donut and placed it around my bun to prevented that ” sink in look” around the bun … that a volumizer prevents. Then I placed a loose lycra tube on my head to keep my hair in place….and then placed my Kaly( bought at Judith De Paris) over it all.
    What a difference, I still look like I have a volumizer on under my cover, but its merely a rolled up tube of velvet under a comfy loose underscarf. I may have just repeated what everyone else does…but just in case…..I thought I would share . …jean


  5. Diane Drexler-Little

    Jean, I like your idea. I don’t have a serger, but I have a good sewing machine. So cutting the edge and then using an overlap stitch on the edges or even a slight turn and top stitch would that work too? I have neck problems and small face, and the heavy pashmina is too much for me. I do like having the fringe hang down, though. I will do one end shorter, wrap the other side around and tie behind my neck and let the fringed ends hang on each side like double pony tails.

    Thanks for the idea. Never thought of cutting them before.


  6. Great suggestions Jean. I too have often taken a scarf that is too volumous/heavy/wide to a local tailor to have done to be cut and sewn into two (a scarf and sash). Only one thing though if you don’t mind me asking? You mention about your pashminas being heavy? A pashmina shouldn’t be heavy as it is made from the light downy wool from the underbelly of Himalayan goats and mixed with silk for durability. It is very light indeed and should pass through a wedding ring it is that fine. Are you sure yours are pashminas and not something else? You will know by the price and quality as they are not cheap if the genuine article. It is hard to believe something so light and fine is also warm and durable. I can’t afford one but have drooled over photos. You sound like you are good enough to go into business yourself as a seamstress :-). V


    1. Diane Drexler-Little

      I have purchase my pasminas from Wrapunzel. And yes, if you look at their website where it says more information about products, they give the weigts of many of the tichels. And pashminas weigh more than the other tichels.
      That is why when they talk about layering, I start to do the math. If I wear a pashmina, my neck and head cannot handle having anything else added. I have cervical (neck) problems, and even a pashmina sold by Wrapunzel is too heavy for me ar rimes. Add to the fact that they are so large and need to be folded, adds to their weight.

      I have a small face and head, and I am only 5ft. tall and weigh 103 pounds, so a pashmina if not properly wrapped also can overwhelm me. All one sees is the pashmina and not me. So, I really need to be careful about when and how I wear one.

      I don’t know you, so to you a pashmina may not seem heavy. But, when I need injections in my neck for muscle spasms, a pashmina can feel very, very heavy.


      1. I don’t know you, so to you a pashmina may not seem heavy. But, when I need injections in my neck for muscle spasms, a pashmina can feel very, very heavy…..

        Diane, I am not sure if that was in response to my post, but your reasoning is the very reason I posted in the first place. I think the word ‘Pashmina’ is used in a far to general way. This is certainly not a Wrapunzel thing but more in general as I hear the description from all sources on the different groups and I actually agree with you – they are too heavy. I was quite surprised find that none of the official ‘wool approval’ standards have an official ‘pashmina’ mark – not even for the real Pashmina’s as I have described in my above post. It does become very confusing as Wrapunzelites and I should imagine most ladies in the FB covering groups will see Pashminas as a heavy-ish voluminous scarf; where I see it as what it actually is, a very very lightweight item made from the underbelly ‘fluff’ of the Himalayan or similar mountain goat. Ideal for those of us at 5ft :-). Andrea – Maybe if you know the origins of why the new description of a Pashmina came about you could tell us? (The heavy modern version). I don’t know how it came about, but would be interested. I did a little bit of research and found that there are still websites and recommended areas in Nepal if visiting that sell Pashminas, but be prepared to pay around £75 for them as it is a case of ‘pay for what you get’ as waiting to gather ‘underbelly down’ can be quite lengthy 🙂 All interesting stuff.


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