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Tips on how to clean pashmina fabric shawl

Pashmina is extraordinary soft and provides extra warmth. Pashmina is known as “soft gold” in Persian. Your beloved pashmina needs special attention due to its delicacy. The special nature of pashmina is the more you use more it grows on softness and comfortability.

Pashmina shawls are extremely delicate and can get damaged easily if you carelessly wash and maintain them. Most of the details given in this post on caring for cashmere clothes applies to pashmina as well.

Dry Cleaning

Pashmina is an unusual fabric that becomes softer with each use. With decent attention, you not only make it milder to use but also add life of the garment. It is advisable to dry clean the garment after a season’s use to sustain its durability. Natural wool and silk dry clean help your precious Pashmina to "like-new" condition. It also prevents loss of colour, and change of texture or finish due to extensive use


Preferably, Pashmina should always be dry to remove soil and stains from the fabric. This will maintain the shape, colour, look of the garment.

Alternatively, you can wash it at Home following the steps:

  • Fill a sink with Luke warm water.
  • Immerse your Pashmina Shawl in it.
  • Add a cap of natural shampoo and gently agitate your pashmina for 2 - 3 minutes.
  • If you have a stain in your pashmina, add extra shampoo on it and gently rub it
  • Rinse Pashmina with cold water and gently squeeze to remove excess water
  • To dry the Pashmina, lay a clean towel flat on the floor then place pashmina shawl on top of the towel then press and roll it to suck the excess amount of water out of the pashmina.
  • Get another clean dry towel, lay it flat on the floor and place your pashmina on top of the dry towel to let it dry.


  • Make sure you stretch your pashmina so they don’t wrinkle as you dry it. This way, you avoid ironing it when it’s completely dry.
  • Never dry your pashmina under direct sunlight of anywhere where there is excess heat.
  • Never use your washing machine or dryer


Storing Pashmina in a cool dry place

  • Store your Pashmina in a muslin cloth to avoid the development of lint or short fibres that separate the surface of cloth or yarn. Fold it neatly inside out in moth-proof stuff.
  • Keep the Pashmina in a drawer or storage box with dried lavender sachets to repel moths. Use a Plastic Zip storage box if you want to store your cashmere over a longer seasonal period, so that moths can’t penetrate it.
  • Do not use naphthalene balls while storing the Pashmina as it can ruin its beauty and give it a permanent smell.
  • Keep your Pashmina at a cool, dry place. In case of contact with moisture, visit a dry cleaner to get the issue sorted.
  • Airing your shawl regularly on time can help you get rid of exposure to odours like food, cigarettes, and pollution. Get some Fresh air to your Pashmina shawl, simply hang the shawl in the fresh air.
  • Do not keep your Pashmina on Direct heat or extreme sunlight as it damages the garment texture
  • Never hang a Pashmina in the closet as it can cause the fabric to stretch and lose its shape. Instead, always fold and stack it neatly to keep the material crisp.
  • All you need to do give is some attention while storing and washing the garment to keep it fresh for upcoming years. It could become your best friend and lifetime partner if you know how to look after it.

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