The Ring Shawl is a pure pashmina shawl which is fine enough to pass through a wearable ring. Ring shawls are extremely light weight (just less than 150 g) yet warmer and softer than the heavier Cashmere or Pashmina woollen shawls.
Single or Double ply?
A "ply" represents the thickness of the thread used to weave the pashmina, so a 3 Ply would be thicker and have greater wool contents than a “2Ply” and “single ply”
Single-ply pashmina shawls are made in single pashmina threads. Therefore single ply pashmina products are lighter and softer than the pashminas using more ply. However, because of the weaker pashmina thread strength, they have a shorter durability.
Hand-made or Machine made
Since the diameter of the pure pashmina fibre is 15 to 19 microns, it is difficult to spin pure pashmina wool by a machine. Therefore hand spun is required to make a genuine pashmina. Hand-made pashmina products are finer, tighter, warmer and luxurious than the machine made pashmina products. However, technological advances have markedly refined the spinning process.
The Pashmina wool is collected every spring, and spinning is done by hand. The yarn is spun on a spinning wheel locally known as ‘Charkha’. Prior to spinning, the raw material is treated by stretching and cleaning it to remove any dirt and soaked for a few days in a mixture of rice and water to make it softer. Hand-spinning is an extremely painstaking and a lengthy task. It requires extreme patience and dedication, and is an amazing process to watch.
Pashmina yarn is too fragile for the vibration caused by power looms thus the pashmina shawls require weaving on traditional handlooms. Weaving is done with a shuttle and the process in itself is an art, often passed over from generation to generation. It takes about 4 days to weave one Paisleys Pashmina shawl on a handloom.
Dyeing is also done by hand, and each piece individually. Dyers with immense patience and generations of experience are the ones who dye the Pashmina shawls, as even the smallest negligence reflects on the quality of the product. Only metal and azo-free dyes are used, making the shawls completely eco-friendly. The pure water used for dying is pumped up from deep beneath the surface. Dyeing is done at a temperature just below boiling point for nearly an hour. Pashmina wool is exceptionally absorbent, and dyes easily and deeply.