There is nothing as smooth as Pashmina and Distinct Impressions is proud to bring you the finest Grey Melange 100% Cashmere Pashmina made with 100% Pashmina wool. Our Grey Melange 100% Cashmere Pashmina created by the Women from the Women’s Foundation of Nepal who source the best quality material. Please read into this as they are a wonderful organisation. To buy one scarf means to give a woman a fair day’s work.
These pashminas are hand-loomed to preserve the softness, yarns are warped on wooden frames by traditional methods. The handloom is a painstaking process that requires much skill, attention to detail and love.
So feel wonderful by wrapping yourself in luxury with this Grey Melange 100% Cashmere Pashmina made by the women from the Women’s Foundation of Nepal
What is Cashmere?
Pashmina, better known as Cashmere, is one of the softest fibres found in nature. It is obtained from the soft hair that grows on the underbelly, underarms, and chest of the mountain goat “capra hircus”. This goat lives at high altitudes (10,000 to 15,000 feet), above the treeline, where there is little natural protection. Nature has blessed these goats with a thin, short, inner coat of hair (“pashmina”) which is the best natural insulation in the world! With this special inner coat, these goats can tolerate the heart-chilling temperatures of this high mountain climate.
Pashmina/ Cashmere has an exotically silky texture, is almost weightless, and is extremely warm. Its special insulating properties means pure cashmere is up to 8 times warmer and allows the skin to breathe. Wearing it next to the skin provides a uniquely luscious experience, which has been described as sensual sublimity by our ancestors.
Why is Cashmere so soft?
Its fibres are extremely fine – less than 18.5 microns.
Also, Cashmere/Pashmina is not a straight fibre- it’s bumpy. The delicate bumpy fibres in Cashmere cling to themselves so nothing sticks out to itch you. Straight fibres are more likely to stick out (eg Angora)
Why is Cashmere so expensive?
A single goat might only produce 50-80g of cashmere in a year though, so it can take from two to five goats to make a single jumper’s worth of cashmere in a one-year period. Only 6500 metric tons of pure cashmere is produced each year, compared to two million metric tons of sheep’s wool.
Where do you source your Cashmere?
I don’t believe that you need to pay excessive amounts to feel good so why should everyone else. Nepal is the renowned centre for quality Pashmina/Cashmere,so here at Distinct Impressions we have been to the specialists and we have been to the factories in Nepal and personally selected our suppliers based on a number of key factors. Firstly the product must be ethically sourced, of good quality, a reasonable price and preferable for the money to go straight back into the community. We have sourced without a middleman so that there are no crazy profit margins
At Distinct Impressions, we are honest about our products and the price is indicative of the quality so we will continue to bring you “Pashmina shawls” (please refer to my blog )that are blended material and are generally made in Thailand but when we bring you Cashmere- It is Cashmere and it’s the real deal and it’s from Nepal.