Pashmina is a fine type of LADAKHI wool FROM CHANGTHANG PLATEAU. The textiles made from it were first woven in Kashmir.
The name comes from Persian: Pa^smina, meaning “made from wool” and literally translates to “Soft Gold” in Kashmiri. Pashmina came to be known as ‘cashmere’ in the West because Europeans first encountered this fibre in Kashmir.
In 14th century Mir Ali Hamadani came to Ladakh (Kashmir) home land of Pashmina goats, for the first time in history he found that the Ladakhi goats produced soft wool. He took some wool and made socks and gave them as a gift to king of Kashmir, Sultan Kutabdin. Pashmina Shawls have been worn by the royalty and the elites in the region for centuries. They are a status symbol in the EAST. The test for a quality Pashmina is warmth and feel. Pashmina and Cashmere are derived from the “capra hircus” mountain goat.
The exorbitant price of a Pashmina Shawl is due to the quantum of expert craftsmanship that goes into creating each shawl and the rarity of the Pashmina wool-the wool is used in an authentic Kashmiri Pashmina comes from the Changthangi breed of the capra hircus goat. The Pashmina goat or Changthangi as it’s called in Kashmir, sheds its winter coat every spring. One goat sheds approximately 80-170 gram of the fibre. This fleece which is shed, is collected by combing the goat. The raw Pashmina wool is then transported to the valley of Kashmir in northern India, where it is entirely hand processed. All steps from combing (removing impurities and guard hair, and aligning fibres) and spinning, to weaving and finishing is entirely carried out by hand by specialized craftsmen. The approximate craft time put into producing a single Pashmina Stole (70×200 cm) is 180 hours.
Place of Origin
Changtang Plateau, Jammu & Kashmir, India.
70cm x 200cm.