Genuine Pashmina scarves and shawls are very light in weight and extremely soft to touch. It is believed that you can pull a full length authentic Pashmina shawl through an average sized ring. So, if you can, just try it out when out to buy one.
Pure Pashmina shawl looks exquisite, but it's not durable because the fibers are so fine that the weave usually gets loose and opens up. You must therefore look for Pashmina shawls and scarves that have some silk blended into them. A silk blend Pashmina scarf or shawl enhances the durability and sheen of the Pashmina wool.
The beauty of Pashmina shawls lies in the intricate handwork and detailing that goes in to its making. From spinning and weaving to embroidering, everything is done by hand. This perhaps is the reason why Pashmina shawls and scarves are so expensive to buy. If you want to own a real, luxurious piece, be prepared to spend a little. Though you can get good deals online on Cashmere shawls and scarves, if you get them at unbelievably low prices, there are chances that it is not 100% genuine.
Make an informed decision and you would have a royal fashion accessory that you can cherish for years.