Cashmere is a soft, luxurious and expensive fabric. It is a type of wool that is obtained from a special breed of goat, which you will find in the Middle East and the Himalayan region of Asia. Pashmina, on the other hand, is a type of cashmere wool, but there are some differences between the two. Most people, however, cannot differentiate between the two. The term Cashmere is more familiar in the West, while the locals use Pashmina more.
They will both keep you warm and cozy during the winter, and they both look very attractive. But there are still some differences, nonetheless. Interestingly, the differences between the two used to be more before, but not that much anymore. Let us now take a deep look into them to understand the differences so we can know both pashmina and cashmere better.
The Quality of Fabric and How It Has Changed:
The name Pashmina came from the word “Pashm”, which is a sub classification of cashmere wool. Earlier people used to say that the quality or the fineness of pashmina was better than cashmere, and so, pashmina wool was used for make shawls, scarves and others. But now, the quality of them both is the same. With time the stitching procedure or the threads used for making cashmere garments has turned them better.
The Difference in Undercoat:
Pashmina wool comes from the undercoats of Changthangi goats that are found in the higher altitudes of the Himalayas, above 4000 meters. On the other hand, we get cashmere wool from the undercoats of goat species that are found at a much lower altitude. The cashmere goat is found in the Nepal, Tibet, and Indian Himalayas. So the wool’s origin is different. And that’s a huge difference.
There is a difference between the diameter of cashmere and pashmina as well. With cashmere, the diameter varies between 10 e 16 micron, while the diameter of pashmina is between a micron of 16 e 19.
I did mention at the beginning of the article that the quality of both cashmere and Pashm are quite alike these days. But despite the improvements in standard of cashmere, it is still thicker than pashmina. So it can be said that pashmina is softer and thinner than cashmere wool.
Difference in Spinning:
Because of its additional thickness, it is often easier to spin cashmere. But, there can be problems in spinning pashmina. Those who are working with this wool need to be specially trained and must also have the right equipment. Experience counts too.
Pashmina and cashmere are both amazing. They are both soft, giving you a feeling of luxury and opulence. You can use them both for your coats, cardigans, scarves, and other items of clothing. The premium price you pay for it is certainly worth it. It’s great to have at least one item of clothing of either cashmere or pashmina in your wardrobe.