A timeless luxury that has always been a symbol of sophistication and class – Cashmere Pashmina. The word Pashmina has been derived from the word “Pashm” which literally means soft gold. Introduced in the 14th century in the valley, Kashmiri Pashmina is believed to be the finest of all Pashminas in the world. Original Pashmina as per Grass-root artisans can be used for over many years which undoubtedly makes it a timeless luxury. Choose from among the wide range of Kani Pashminas. Embroidered Pashminas, Plain, and Modern design Pashminas online with us – Afday – The largest platform for Cashmere from Kashmir.
History of Cashmere Pashmina
Nepal is a small country in southern Asia, bordered on the north by Chinese Tibet and by India to the east, south and west. It is one of the least developed nations of the world. Until now, famous only for the great Himalayan mountain range which includes the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest. Nepal has a market economy largely based on agriculture and forestry.
Pashmina blankets were also vital additions to a wealthy woman’s dowry in India, Pakistan and Nepal. In nineteenth-century English writing, despite the fact that shawls were worn by men, Kashmiri shawls became coded as women’s luxuries. They acquired the status of heirlooms, worn by a girl on her marriage and coming-of-age, and as heirlooms that women would inherit rather than purchase. Since English law restricted women’s abilities to inherit land. The Kashmir shawl served as an item of high exchange value that a woman could carry.
Indeed in France, the pashminaKashmir shawl gained status as a fashion icon through Empress Joséphine’s enthusiastic use. These shawls suited the French well, providing the needed warmth. Further while adding visual interest to white French gowns through the traditional teardrop buta pattern and discreet floral motifs. The shawl became a symbol of French bourgeois status from the Bourbon Restoration (1815–48) through the Second French Empire (1852–70). As a class marker, it fulfilled 19th century French tastes because it looked rich, had extensive ornamentation, artistic qualities, and was made of expensive raw materials.
How Is Made Cashmere
Indeed people have been -It is during the period of spring the Chyangra goat sheds its inner coat and each goat gives about 3-6 ounces of the fiber. But however due to the increased demand for the Pashmina products the goats are now commercially reared in the desert area of Gobi which has a similar climatic conditions to that of the Himalayas. This desert area gives acres of grazing ground for the specially reared goats.
Raw pashmina is exported to Kashmir. All steps, from combing (removing impurities and guard hair, and aligning fibres) and spinning, to weaving and finishing, are traditionally carried out by hand by specialized craftsmen and women. The major centre of pashmina fabric production is in the old district of the city of Srinagar. Also the approximate time put into producing a single traditional pashmina stole (70x200cm) is 180 hours.
Ninety per cent of the world’s hand woven Pashmina shawls are woven on a warp of spun silk to five added strength. However, pure Pashmina shawls (with no silk) are Made and can be so fine that they can be pulled through a wedding ring hence the term ‘Ring Shawl’.
The word “pashmina” is not a labelling term recognized by law in the United States, where it is considered another term for cashmere. According to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission: