About Pashmina Wool
"Pashmina is the warmest, softest and the most luxurious Cashmere wool in the world"
The name comes from the Persian word "pashm", meaning "wool" and literally translates to "Soft Gold" in Kashmiri. The source of Pashmina wool is a special goat (Changthangi breed of Capra hircus goat) which lives at an altitude of 12000 to 14000 ft in the Himalayan region where the temperature freezes down to - 40 degree centigrade.
"Pashmina wool is thinner & lighter than generic cashmere wool. It is the finest Cashmere wool"
Pashmina came to be known as 'cashmere' in the west because Europeans first encountered this fiber in the Kashmir region. However, this does not mean that any goat that is named cashmere goat will give Pashmina wool. "Capra hircus species of the goat" is world over known as "cashmere goat" and its wool is known us "cashmere wool".
Pashmina wool is derived from the "Changthangi breed of Capra hircus goat". This rare goat thrives only at an altitude of 12000 to 14000 ft in the Himalayan region where the temperature freezes down to - 40 degree centigrade & is found at no other place in the world. Pashmina fibers are finer and thinner (12-15 microns) than generic cashmere fiber (15-19 microns).
"An authentic Kashmiri Pashmina constitutes less than 0.1% of global Cashmere production"
Pashmina wool is one of the rarest wool in the world. A Changthangi or Pashmina goat sheds its winter coat every spring and one goat sheds approx 80-170 g (3-6 ounces) of fiber. In the spring, the goats naturally shed their under fleece, which regrows in the winter. This under fleece is collected by combing the goat and not by shearing as in other types of cashmere goats.
The traditional producers of Pashmina wool is a nomadic community that inhabits the Changthang plateau of Ladakh (Kashmir region) and is known as the Changpa. The Changpa people live in one of the harshest environments braving extreme cold & tough living conditions.
"A pashmina fiber is six times thinner than a human hair & has three times more insulation than any other wool"
Pashmina fabric has been renowned for centuries as the pride of emperors, kings, nobles and today is admired and worn by rich & famous from all over the world.
It also takes exceptional craftsman skills to transform this wonder fabric into a piece of "wearable art".
Pashmina wool becomes softer and more comfortable with each use. With proper care, the diamond fabric will last a lifetime or more. This is evident in the fact that pashminas have been handed down from generation to generation in royal and wealthy families throughout the world.