Pashmina headwraps or hijabs were originally produced in India. Their history is long and storied. The garments have been being created by hand since the third century B.C. Hijabs are shawls that are used to maintain modesty and religious respect. Especially in the Islamic religion, this modesty can be a sign of religious adherence and devotion. Original pashmina hijabs were created from the hair of the Himalayan goat and worn about the head to cover the hair, especially in the presence of unrelated males. These goats are most notably found in the Kashmir region of the Indian countryside. Not any hair will do for creating traditional pashmina hijabs. The hair must come in traditional makings of these modest garments from the under hair of the aforementioned goats. Today, however, these garments have taken on a more modern twist.
Today, pashminas are used for other purposes, aside from religious deference. Today, they are a fashion statement in and of themselves. A pashmina can be worn around the head in traditional hijabs style and can be a great way to keep the hair back on a windy day. This is perfect in the blustery spring months as well as the cool fall nights where winds can be crisp and biting. A pashmina can also be worn as a scarf as well. This is great in colder months in the winter and can add great flare to an outfit. They come in a wide variety of colors and patterns and can be a statement piece in any woman’s wardrobe. There is a pashmina for every style. Some of the more intricate patterns are embroidered and really create a pattern that will get noticed for its style and elegance. Still, for a simpler outfit focal point, plain colors are also available. These color options, and the fact that the fabric tends to be heavier in its construction, ensures that the garment can be used with versatility and will not slide around as easily.
The most common of the Pashmina hijabs materials that are used are utilized today cashmere and silk. These materials are luxurious and soft to the touch, as well as beautifully decorative wear. Because of the delicate nature of these Pashmina hijabs fabrics, the need for washing can be an intricate process. Washing them is often done by hand and using delicate wash soaps that will not damage the fabric. Dry cleaning by an expert may also be required to keep the garment looking fabulous.
Guide created: 20/06/12 (updated 19/08/13)