Scarf vs Shawl vs Wrap ? Understanding the difference.

In the modern world, women often come across words like stoles, scarves, wraps and shawls. More often than not, most of these terms are used in popular media interchangeably which adds to a fair amount of confusion. So for those who want to be fashion forward and accurate here is a quick and easy run-down for you by Pashtush Store

All these names represent a finished piece of fabric that are worn as an accessory. These can be made from cashmere, silk, wool, cotton, acrylic etc. It is also possible to have a blend of two or more materials used to weave these products. 

Modern Fashion commands the designs of these everyday accessories, and they are often found to be enriched in design, either printed, embroidered or woven to accentuate their attractiveness and element.

Womens Shawl

A shawl is a rectangular larger piece of fabric generally draped over the shoulders or wrapped around the body. It is worn for decorative purposes (to accent an outfit or cover bare shoulders in formal attire), religious purposes, or to keep warm. Shawl is one of the oldest garments draped by mankind and its cultural associations throughout history is rich and fabled with heritage and craftsmanship.

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The standard size of a womans shawl is 40 x 80 inches or 100 x 200 cm. In comparison to a stole or scarf, a shawl is larges and often more elaborate. You can explore Pashtush Womens Shawl Collection here.

Womens Stole

A stole is a relatively new form of a shawl. It is typically narrower (not shorter in length) than a shawl. Stoles are used more formally and their narrower width lends them a flexibility to be more compatible with modern ensembles such as dresses and even jackets. Stoles are often constructed to be lighter than shawls and are usually woven in light weight materials such as fine wool, rayon and silk. The word stole is derived form the Roman word "stola" which is a woman's version of toga, a Roman garment.pashtush pashmina stole

The standard size for a stole is 28 x 80 inches or 70 x 200 cms. Pashtush has a beautiful collection of stoles for women. Click here to explore 

Womens Scarf 

As a rule of thumb, scarves are long and thin; think of a typical winter wool scarf or they can be square like a classic silk scarf.

There is no standard size for a scarf as it is a general term referred to anything that can be wrapped around the neck for warmth or style. Scarves are often used interchangeably with mufflers which serve the same purpose. 

Most modern scarves are either square or rectangular. Their size varies however most modern scarves are 22 x 70 inches (55 x 180 cm). Click here to explore the latest collection of Scarves from Pashtush India 


Wrap is a more recent term, and used primarily to describe both shawls and stoles.

Effectively it is an interchangeable word that covers any loose outer garment or piece of material that can be wrapped around the upper body.

Pashtush has one of the largest and most beautiful collections of Womens Scarves and Shawls.

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