So now we’ve spoken about Pashmina /Scarf lets talk about Pashmina the textile.
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, under arms, 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 has an exotically silky texture, is almost weightless, and is extremely warm. Wearing it next to the skin provides a uniquely luscious experience, which has been described as sensual sublimity by our ancestors. At one time, pashmina was a secret only known to rich and noble families, and it was thus considered an elite luxury, affordable only to the few. In recent times, pashmina/cashmere has become affordable and popular throughout the world.
China now has over 60 million cashmere producing goats, and has a mass hold on the production of cashmere, however it must be remembered that products of mass production can lead to dubious quality.
There are also borderline anomalies which affect the end product. There are reports that sometimes some mass producers mix material- a synthetic ,wool and cashmere (if you test by burning the fringe, the wool smell will overpower the synthetic) and label as cashmere as regulations dictate a 20% variance is allowed.
Nepal is the renowned centre for quality pashmina ,so here at Distinct Impressions and we have sourced our pashminas from the experts in quality and are concentrating on handloomed products.