Pashmina is the softest, exotically delicate, weightless and the finest natural insulating fiber of the world. It is extracted from the inner coats of the hardy little mountain goats (capra hircus) locally called "Chyangra", which live at the altitude above 3000 meters in the Himalayas. Such wonderful and delicate property of "Pashmina" has popularized it as the "Diamond Fiber". The outer layer fibers of "Chyangra" are discarded as they are comparatively thicker & coarser. Thus only the inner layer fibers measuring under 16.5 microns are specified for use as "Pashmina".
These extraordinary qualities of Pashmina fibres have encouraged weavers to produce various types of wraps for warmness.
The Fur combing process is performed every spring without harming the goats. Pashmina fibres thus obtained are spin into thin yarn which is woven to make different types of Pashmina products like blankets, shawls, stoles, scarves as well as pullovers, cardigans, etc. This delicate craftsmanship of Nepalese weavers has established "Nepalese Pashmina" worldwide as the most precious possession.
In ancient times "Pashmina" was used in unblended form, but later combinations with silk, cotton etc., came in practice. In due course of time and after long years of experience and experiments Pashmina yarn and silk yarn were combined to get better fiber-strength, durability, color-pleasantness and finish which has now become most popular all over world and recognized as "Nepalese Pashmina"
Pashmina shawls are fashion in high income society in Nepal. Pure Pashmina Shawl is expensive, very light, attractive, warm and beautiful. The quality and varieties of Pashmina products have been improving every year. The best Pashmina products in the market are Shawls, scarves and sweaters. Pashmina, the finest cashmere wool has been popular for centuries among royalty and other elites as the finest, most luxurious wool in the world. For a thousand years or more, this glorious wool has been prized for its warmth, lightness and durability. For lightness and warmth, Pashmina wool is unmatched. Delicate and soft to touch, it caresses the skin. It is not surprising that Pashmina has been successful in establishing its uniqueness among fashion wear through out the world.
It is a well known fact that the Pashmina fashion is here to stay because of its warmth and lightness. Pashmina from Nepal is becoming popular in Europe, USA, and Japan and all over the world.
The origin of Pashmina dates back to ancient civilization. Those days it was renowned as the “Fiber for royals & emperors." In Nepal also it has been traced back to the prehistoric times (or the time of Mahabharat). People living in the high mountains discovered the unique and wonderful properties of "Pashmina"
Nepalese Pashmina developed a very delicate and skillful Pashmina extraction method where the goats are not harmed and more fibers can be collected regularly every spring from the same goat for many years. They also learned to spin the fibers into fine yarn and then weave it to get an extraordinarily soft and warm fabric. This exquisite art of weaving was passed on from one generation to another and to the present times as well. The popularity of Pashmina encouraged entrepreneurs for product diversification and as such various kinds of Pashmina products like shawls, stoles, blanket, scarves, sweaters, cardigans etc. are developed and marketed in Nepal.
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