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What is PASHMINA?

What is PASHMINA?

Pashmina fibre was originally designed to keep baby cashmere goats warm in the Himalayas.

Pashmina goat

Pashmina goat

The Changthangi or Pashmina goat is a breed of goat from Tibet or neighbouring areas in the Ladakhi Changthang, usually raised for meat or cashmere wool – known as pashmina once woven.

These goats grow a thick, warm fleece. They survive on grass in Ladakh, where temperatures plunge to as low as −20 °C . These goats provide the wool for Kashmir’s famous Pashmina shawls.

Note: the word ‘pashmina’ has been purloined by some manufacturers to describe any long scarf or shawl in any fibre including synthetics.  This can be very confusing to buyers. True pashmina is the fibre from the young Changthangi or Pashmina goat.

Pashmina Care:
Wash your precious pashmina product the same way you would your own hair: a gentle handwash in warm water and shampoo.  To dry, squeeze dry inside a towel and dry flat in shade.

Hand spun, hand woven pashmina & eri silk shawl

Hand spun, hand woven pashmina & eri silk shawl

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Himalayan warmth

Winter has arrived in the southern hemisphere and we have some gorgeous warmth generating devices from one of the coldest places on the planet.

Pashmina goat

Pashmina goat

It gets so cold in the Himalayas that even the goats have developed clever ways of keeping warm. The Changthangi or pashmina goats have developed exceptionally warm and light fiber that not only insulates them from the sub-zero temperatures, but also makes some of the softest, warmest textiles you would ever want next to your skin.
All these winter warmers are made from hand-spun fibre which has been dyed from natural sources* and hand-woven into the most beautiful cloth.

We travelled to the home of these products to personally select Continue reading

A rainy night in Chennai

rainy nightA rainy night in Chennai and we’re looking for a slum. There is a fair trade organisation I had heard about which employs women making great looking products from recycled materials. I had made contact with the manager, Mr P some months earlier and he had sent me images of the products and I was determined to find the place. Continue reading

Up a mountain

The long flight from Australia arrived in Delhi mid-morning local time. After transferring to the domestic terminal and a short but sleepy wait, it was time to board a Spicejet flight to Dehradun in the foothills of the Himalayas in India’s newest state, Uttarakhand.

I had now been awake for nearly 30 hours and harboring a viral intruder. The bed was the typically Indian and hard as a board, yet strangely comfortable to my exhausted body. The virus was developing nicely, and the night was a series of fitful wakes and sleeps.

Hand spun and naturally dyed wool ready to be woven into shawls

Feeling a little better by morning, I made plans to visit the weaving co-op that was my main reason for coming to Dehradun to buy stock for KASU EMPORIUM. Continue reading