So just what is the difference between a Pashmina and a scarf? In the fashionable world, Pashmina is a subject open to interpretation so let’s start at the basics.
A pashmina is a type of scarf that historically is made out of a specific type of wool; the pashmina wool from goats found only in certain regions of the Himalayas. Originally known for the pashmina cashmere, the term “Pashmina” has transformed into a term for a larger sized scarf. Pashmina scarves are generally larger than a typical scarf, often referred to as a shawl and nearly as long as a stole. A pashmina is the perfect accessory to protect from winter’s chill while maintaining a high end look.
A Pashmina these days can legally be 100% Pashmina as “A Pashmina” is also a style.
Scarves are typically more narrow than a pashmina, either a similar length or a touch longer, and intended to be worn around the neck. Scarves can be styled in a wide variety of options, from very casual to more formal and the whole range in between. They are also found in many different types of wool. Scarves can be thin and porous for summer to extra thick and fuzzy for those cold, winter days and nights.