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A revelation. Rich and captivating in feel. Kashmir's warmth trapped and harnessed by master weavers. An aesthetic treat for your eyes.

Pashmina - the Tibetan name for cashmere, is the soft underbelly fur of mountain goats which live in the foothills of the Himalayas and on the high Tibetan Plateau. Every summer, herders pluck the under fur from the goats and after cleaning and spinning, a fine cashmere yarn is produced.

Pashmina is famous for its luxurious softness and lustre. For centuries, craftsmen and women in India,Tibet and the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal have woven it into beautiful shawls.

There are many inaccuracies in the press about Pashmina and where it comes from and who uses it. Our information comes from our vast experience of generations about the rare and beautiful fiber. We've done our best to sort out fact from fiction but those who really know still have a natural reluctance to tell the whole truth while those who don't spin tales to any ready ear.

Pashmina is the best cashmere wool in the world. It only comes from Kashmir and Tibet. It comes from Capra Hircus, the same goat cashmere comes from. Only this one lives way up in the Himalayas. At heights of 12,000 to 14,000 feet or more where there is little vegetation and extremely cold winters. The hardy little goats which live up there have little extra protein and nutrition to grow thick coats of hair. Nature blessed them with a very thin, short inner coat of hair which is the best natural insulation in the world. This inner coat of hair is Pashmina. In fact the word "pashm" means inside. Pashmina is only 12-14 microns thick. A human hair is 75 microns thick.

About 200 years ago Europeans discovered the woolen shawls of Kashmir, fabric so fine it could pass through a ring, and with a tender cloud like embrace provide the warmth of a woolen coat. The Kashmiris, proud of their skills were not about to give away the secrets of Pashmina. They knew no one in the world possessed their skill in working with these delicate fibers, but they also knew they couldn't resist for long the demands for their prized Pashmina. So rare and exotic it is that even the coarsest Pashmina wool was enough to satisfy the foreigners and it's this wool that taken back to Europe became known as cashmere. Found in abundance in other areas of the Himalayas, primarily China and Mongolia it was easily woven into thick yarns for sweaters and coats. All the while the real secret, the wispy delicate wool that floated in a breeze, remained locked away in the Himalayas.

Even when foreigners were able to obtain the real Pashmina, they didn't possess the skill to clean and process it. The best machines were no match for the nimble,experienced fingers of Kashmiri women who patiently pick out every course hair and then hand spin it into yarn which is almost transparent. Western fashion enamored with the softness of thick cashmere sweaters and coats ignored the wonderful delicate hand of real pashmina - Until now.

Ignited by the craze, Indian Pashmina is gaining in recognition and demand. Those who experience the gossamer lightness, softness and warmth of a Pashmina wrap hardly look twice at plain old cashmere.