The exotic Pashmina fabric- one of the oldest & most expensive in the world- a fabric that adorned the shoulders of Kings & Queens the world over for centuries- a fabric so soft that it translates to "Soft Gold", so delicate that it has to be handled with utmost care; has had a very humble beginning...
WHERE IT IS FOUND
Cashmere/ Pashmina fiber is the down hair collected from the under belly of the Capra Hircus Laniger found in the Himalayan regions of Kashmir, India. The Indian breed of the pashmina goat, known as the Changthangi goat, found in the Ladakh region of Kashmir, is a rare breed & is used for cashmere production & produces the finest cashmere/ pashmina fiber in the world.
The pashmina goats grow their fur in the winters & shed it in the spring season. This shed fur, also called “asli tus” is collected from their under belly by combing to maintain the natural length of the exotic fiber.
The fineness of the pashmina fiber ranges between 14-16 microns & the fiber has to be handled with a delicate hand even during the spinning & weaving process.
The pashmina fiber is known to be three times warmer than sheep’s wool & much softer due to its fine micron count. The pashmina wraps are revered the world over for its soft feel & fineness.