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Shawl on the Prowl
The Pashmina Store
by Sophie Gayot

High quality pashmina wraps at low prices
Pure pashmina wraps in camel and in pink

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of being wrapped in a sumptuously soft pashmina shawl, especially when you know that the feeling isn’t costing you a fortune. The silky scarf is versatile enough to pair with everything from elegant evening attire to just jeans and a T-shirt. Thanks to online retailer The Pashmina Store, it’s easy to afford two or three, or more, of these luxurious cover-ups.

Pasmina/silk blend scarf, a great value at $40
Pashmina/silk blend
scarf in leopard

The web site offers pashminas in a kaleidoscopic range of colors, such as sage green, Moroccan blue, cranberry, Champagne and mango. For fashionistas who want to take a walk on the wild side, the retailer recently introduced a line of animal print styles, featuring silk-screened designs in natural shades and designer colors such as green leopard, pink zebra and orange tiger.

Besides a wide variety of hues, the pashminas also come in different sizes (scarf, wrap and shawl) and three varying weights. A light-as-a-feather “Ring” style is suitable for wear year-round and takes up very little space when folded (perfect for traveling). The two- and three-ply versions are more substantial—without being bulky— and provide more warmth.

It’s all about affordable luxury at The Pashmina Store. All of the pashmina products offered on the site originate from Nepal, where they are made with traditional artisan methods using the softest materials available. No man-made viscose here! A 28-by-80-inch, three-ply, pure pashmina wrap is a steal at $70. Not that we need a reason to splurge, but at these prices, we’d be crazy not to stock up on different colors and styles. As with shoes and handbags, one is never enough.

100-percent pashmina scarves, wraps and shawls: $36-$80; Pashmina/silk blend scarves, wraps and shawls: $30-$80.

For more information and to order, visit

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(Updated:03/12/08 ET)

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