Pashmina Mania: “What’s in a shawl?”


Pashmina Mania: What’s in a shawl?

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” ~Coco Chanel~

As I was browsing my photo albums, I noticed a specific item that I was never without all of my working and traveling years. I was always with a shawl. So what’s in a shawl anyway?

First things first. Personally, I’ve seen it as a part of my or most girls’ fashion arsenal. It comes in attractive and vibrant colors and there’s a lot to choose from. You can have different kinds of prints that can match any outfit. If I have enough funds, I can get as many as I could upon my visits to Pashmina stores. During travel, I get one from each stop.

Shawls are meant to cover our skin, to protect us from either heat or cold. History says, the original Pashmina (or Pashm – a Persian word meaning wool), which came from the Pashmina goats.

They are either hand-spun or woven. The first batch was woven in India. The most expensive shawl, recorded was the Shatoosh. Which fibers came from the beard hair of the wild Ibex. The finest of it’s kind. Per my research, the fad for shawls boomed in the mid-90s. It has been a part of a girl’s daily life. I also learned, that Pashmina fibers are thinner than Cashmere’s fibers.

“The most popular Pashmina fabric is a 70% Pashmina/30% silk blend, but 50/50 is also common. The 70/30 is tightly woven, has an elegant sheen and drapes nicely, but is still quite soft and light-weight.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pashmina

For me, I have utilized them in different ways. I’ve used it in the beach. They have been part of my throws in our sofa. I’ve used it as a belt. I’m even thinking to use them as a table skirt. Currently, I’ve used some for my ceiling, getting the idea of a spa which displayed cotton sheets in their ceiling giving the room a feel of softness.

Below are some of my collections:

Sagada (my most expensive “Coach” shawl)

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It’s too cold in Sagada at 9 degrees, so I still have it ready even if I have a heavy corduroy jacket..

Batanes

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One of my favorite scarf/ shawl/ Pashmina: because it’s pink and purple! ❤

With a colleague, Sarsi

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With my colleague…=)

With Lany

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With my office sissy!
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With College friends!

Visiting the park, with Lee

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I especially liked this animal print one.. It matched my flats..

Great Gatsby themed – Christmas Party

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Lovin’ teal then and mommy gave me this..

A gift from my cuz-Wena

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A gift from my cuz!

Nagsasa cove – beach in Zambales

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Protected my skin from the heat of the sand..

Visiting a heritage site in Manila – Intramuros

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Casa Manila, Intramuros. I used it as a belt…

Canyon woods, Tagaytay

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My red scarf… This is in Tagaytay, March and so cold…brrr…

Casa San Pablo

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As a tube!=)

Laoag, Ilocos Norte

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Silver and violet is a good combination..

Batangas

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Peacock like design..=)

I have disposed some of the old ones that I’ve acquired through the years and kept my favorites and those that have sentimental values. Mind you. They kept on coming. I got 2 new shawls this year. And I’m so happy! Pashmina junkie!

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I think my son acquired the habit! =)
mirror too
This is a silk one, combination of gold and lavender… =)

I am by the way a fan of Kafe Fassett too! And aside from his quilts, he’s got shawls too! ❤

Kafe Fassett fan
Fassett fan! ❤

Courtesy of: http://www.molliemakes.com/craft-2/exhibition-colourful-world-kaffe-fassett/

(–,)

ps

I think I aqcuired the liking from my grandma. She gave me 3 different Pashminas from Italy which are gifts for her by my priest to be then uncle. And my uncle would not mind. The 2 new ones, paisleys in pastels and a black one. I’d be wearing one of these days and post them here. Thank you foodie buddy for the Pashminas! Xoxo! ❤ ❤ ❤

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-An only daughter. A mother of an 18 year old son. Passionate with so many things. A lover of life itself. First of which is to write. Then, sing (I specifically love the stage), read, cook, travel & take beautiful pictures (photography) and scrap booking, all of which are my own way of coping with life's challenges. Friends usually associate me with the color violet. I love this color so much! Though, I love pink, red, teal, orange, yellow, blue as well! Coffee is my water and my happy food is cheesecake topped w/ blueberries, yogurt, sansrival and cream puff. I mastered fettuccine carbonara because that is one of my favorite food as well, along w/ broccoli, prawns and mushrooms. Secretly, I love "Stitch" - that grinning indigo pup. =) Seriously, I dream to become a philanthropist (starting off by providing shelter to street children in our country) and a famous author someday. I'm just waiting for God's time for my first book to be published.- It took me years to decide to blog, more so to write and have it out in the open. As I used to write even when I was a teenager, and I just keep them on file. It was my outlet. Approaching the year they say where life begins, or If I may say, the sweeter life. It was a year full of emotions. As I lost my father a year before and I guess in one way or another, the unfathomable sadness prompted me to pour them out in my writings and share them to the world, hoping it might lighten the heaviness of my heart. I live now with my son and mother, as a mother and as a daughter (as a friend and a sister), this has made me be ready to finally do what I am meant to do. Even If there's a lot that I wanted to do. This came first, like a first love that occupied a special place in my heart. It's a looong process, tiring, frustrating, exciting. The best part? is the happiness it brings. Even if things around seems all so wrong. It's like having my own place under the sun. My own safe and happy rainbowed world. At times, there's guilt as well, for I strongly believe, writing (like singing) is a talent God has gifted us. We ought to use it and maximize it, in our littlest way, share it to mankind, for His glory. I just had a few distractions over the years and to realize that it is never too late to be who we ought to be, I have this very strong feeling, now is the time. All my life, I have decided on things that made me happy, this is one of those. I may never be a winner of those best blogs that have been awarded to talented writers/ bloggers and I don't mind, there are strikes of being envious, but according to my father, there are two kinds of being envy. There's envy that is so negative, it'll hamper you from doing good and there's an envy that makes you happy for them, or seeing yourself in their shoes, I think, the kind of envy in me, is the latter. Like celebrities who missed an Oscar, while the film was watched by the whole world, she/he did not mind, it's like knowing what counts best, and it's the capacity to share your talents to anyone who wants to receive it, without asking anything in return. Expressing what's in my heart and mind on every occasion (which happens to be daily) and being happy about it is like a prize already. Happy reading!(--,)

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