It is born of extreme cold and very high altitudes. Gathered by hardy, traditional herders it is handmade and its making, historical. Called soft gold, it is a sensual delight.
Downy, light, soft, moody and worth every gossamer gram of its weight in indulgence. Presenting the mystical Pashmina….
The finest type of cashmere wool, Pashmina is a fibre noted and prized for its incredible softness and warmth. Textiles made from Pashmina were first crafted and woven in the region of Kashmir (which is where the anglicised cashmere originates from). Woven by nomadic tribes from the soft downy hair shed by the Changthangi breed of the capra hircus goat, indigenous to the harsh climes of the Ladakh plateau and Tibet, the textile got its name from Persian travellers and traders passing through this region – the Persian word pashm means wool.
With a history going back thousands of years and finding mention in several medieval texts, the finest Pashminas are woven in Indian Kashmir and parts of Nepal. The quality of a finished shawl is largely dependent on both the softness of the fibres used, as well as the expert craftsmanship of the weaver.