How to Store Pashmina Shawls?

How to Store Pashmina Shawls?

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Deep within the highlands of the Mustang Valley in Nepal, at elevations of 4500 meters, we comb the undercoat of the "Chyangra" goat, also known as Capra Hircus, to weave the softest pashmina in the world.

The softness of the shawls and scarves we make with this cashmere pashmina is heavenly, but they require special care when not used, especially during off-seasons. 

Our pashmina shawls and scarves are crafted from 100% pure cashmere, and become softer and more supple with age. But they can also become magnets for moths if not stored appropriately.

This is the most common problem we've heard from people who have bought pashmina shawls in the past. These pests, along with unsuitable conditions, can damage your treasured piece or a gift you cherish.

Moisture, heat, and extreme dryness can also damage the fabric. Humidity can make the fabric weak and prone to tearing, while heat can dry out the natural fibers and make them brittle. A too-dry environment can lead to static build-up, causing the fabric to cling, and potentially leading to unwanted creases or distortions in its shape.

In this article, we'll share two key aspects of storing your pashmina with care:

  • Pre-storage preparation, which covers your questions about washing, drying, and ironing pashmina.
  • Properly storing your pashmina so that it retains its superior softness and elegance.

Pre-Storage Preparation

Before storing your pashmina for the season, it's important to properly clean and prep the fabric.

We recommend gently hand washing pashmina in lukewarm water with a mild soap or shampoo.

Avoid harsh detergents, wringing, or rubbing the fabric.

Rinse thoroughly and gently squeeze out excess water.

Lay the pashmina flat on a towel and roll up to remove moisture. Avoid hanging pashmina to dry, as the weight can stretch the fabric.

Lay it flat to air dry out of direct sunlight. Once completely dry, steam iron on a low setting if needed to remove any wrinkles.

Proper Storage Techniques

There are a few key steps to follow for storing pashmina properly:

  • Keep in a cool, dry place away from direct light. Avoid attics, basements, or other areas prone to moisture or extreme temps.
  • Use cedar blocks, lavender sachets, or cedar chips in the storage container to deter moths and other pests without direct contact with the fabric.
  • Fold the pashmina loosely rather than tightly creasing it, and store in breathable fabric versus plastic. Acid-free tissue paper between folds can help absorb moisture.
  • For long-term storage, place the folded pashmina in a sealable cotton bag or archival box. This protects from light, pests, and dust.

Following these simple pre-storage steps will help ensure your pashmina shawl stays soft, beautiful, and damage-free for many seasons to come.

Proper care brings out the longevity of these luxurious handmade cashmere pieces.