Sigh of relief though when I took out the stole and found it to be a much more substantial material than my thin cranberry-colored flea market scarf (which I nonetheless wear often). It therefore appears that this pashmina was a good, quality item for a great buy. It is 70% pashmina (a Nepalese cashmere) and 30% silk and is great as a wrap or a scarf. What I love about pashminas is that there are so many ways to wear them, and they keep you warm around the house.
My one caution is that the color I ordered--eggplant--looked very different in the sample I saw in the New York Times ad. In the ad, it was a brownish-purple, but live this pashmina is a deep purple. I love the color, but it is different than I expected, so a caveat emptor on that one.
To quote The Brady Bunch Movie, caveat emptor Roy. My eggplant pashmina looked less like the above swatch and more like the ones below.
If anyone wants to have a pashmina party, I would totally throw one. I guess you can sell these things to friends and get a commission. What's not to like about that? (that is, if people are actually willing to buy!).