Wrap or Stole

There are some distinct differences between a stole and a wrap. Though they fit into the overall category of shawl-type accessories, these similar garments do look quite different from one another. They also perform slightly different functions. A stole is typically thinner and narrower than a wrap, whereas a wrap is typically warmer and wider than a stole.




Lace Scarf

Both stoles and wraps are meant to be paired with dresses, though the wrap is occasionally meant to be more casual. A stole is generally donned while wearing a fancy cocktail dress or ballroom gown. A wrap may also be worn with such dresses, though it be worn with sundresses or day dresses.












Stoles and wraps are both draped casually around the shoulders. A stole is typically worn just below the shoulders, while it slightly wraps around each bicep and comes trailing below the arms. A wrap, however, is generally made with much more material than a stole is. A woman who wears a wrap around her shoulders generally appears to be more informal and comfortable than someone who might be wearing a stole. A wrap can keep a woman warmer on a cool evening, whilst a stole probably wouldn’t give off such warmth.






The Pashmina

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Pashmina refers to a type of fine cashmere wool and the textiles made from it were first invented in India. Pashmina shawls are made from fine cashmere fibre that is hand spun, woven and embroidered in Nepal and Kasmir

The name comes from Pashmineh –which is Persian for ‘made from pashm’ (meaning wool)






goatsThe wool comes from changthangi or Pashmina goat; a special type of goat that is indigenous to the high altitudes of the Himalayas in Nepal, Pakistan and Northern India


Cashmere shawls have been made in Nepal and Kashmir for thousands of years. One distinct difference between Pashmina and Cashmere is the fibre diameter. Pashmina fibres are finer and thinner than cashmere fibre therefore it is ideal for making lightweight apparel like fine scarves.



Today the word PASHMINA is used liberally for scarves and wraps made of natural or synthetic fibre creating some confusion in the market.











The Bolero and Shrug