I'm not sure what yours is made out of, but I have a TON of these from NYC. They sell them on the street, and I get one everytime a relative goes there. I prefer to toss mine in the washer and dryer, and it makes them really soft. Mine are usually made out of silk and pashmina, but they feel like cotton. You could also hand-wash them, and toss them in the dryer on low to add softness. I wear mine around my neck all the time, like a scarf, so they need to be really soft and flexable. Also, you're going to want to hand-wash it the first time as the dye can run really badly. I had to get all the black and pink dye out of my first two, and it took several sinks full of water. What does yours look like?