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History and Making

Pashmina which is also known as Cashmere is a very soft fiber, that can be obtained from the mountain sheep locally called “Chyangra”. Pashmina is available in Pakistan, India and Nepal, but people consider Nepalese pashmina as best in quality because of the condition where mountain sheep are grown. In addition to warm pashmina wears, Jasmin Handicraft also produces varieties of beads work and embroidery work products from pashmina as well as cotton.

Pashmina (Cashmere) Shawls: Pashmina accessories are available in a range of sizes, from “scarf” 12 in × 60 in (0.30 m × 1.52 m) to “stole” 28 in × 80 in (0.71 m × 2.03 m) to full sized shawl 36 in × 80 in (0.91 m × 2.03 m) and in rare cases, “Macho” 12 ft × 12 ft (3.7 m × 3.7 m). Pure pashmina is a rather gauzy, open weave, as the fiber cannot tolerate high tension. The most popular pashmina fabric is a 70% pashmina and 30% silk blend, but 50/50 is also common. The 70/30 is tightly woven, has an elegant sheen and drapes nicely, but is still quite soft and light-weight.
They are well known for their softness and warmth. A craze for pashminas in the mid-1990s resulted in high demand for pashminas, demand exceeded supply. When pashmina shawls rose into fashion prominence during the era, they were marketed dubiously. Nepalese pashmina shawls was claimed to be of a superior quality, which was in truth due to the enhanced sheen and softness that the fabric (from high land sheep in Nepal) had. In the consuming markets, pashmina shawls were redefined as a shawl with cashmere and silk, notwithstanding the actual meaning of pashmina.

 

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