PASHMINA – The KASHMIR SHAWL

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PASHMINA – The KASHMIR SHAWL

Wrote: © ERIKA PIECKOVÁ - VALEČKOVÁ

 

CLASSICAL PASHMINA ALWAYS HAS BEEN, IS AND FOREVER WILL REMAIN A ROYAL CLOTHING.    

►ORIGINAL PASHMINA IS THE FINEST, SOFTEST AND WARMEST WOOL FOUND IN NATURE.
►GENUINE CASHMERE IS THE MOST PRECIOUS WOOL AND THE MOST EXPENSIVE NATURAL TEXTILE FIBER IN THE WORLD.



PASHMINA – The KASHMIR SHAWL     

STORY OF THE ROYAL PASHMINA  

 
Figural motif – handmade block printing on a traditional Indian textiles, decorative border on pashmina 
 

PASHMINA is famous as DIAMOND FIBER or SOFT GOLD OF ASIA. 
PASHMINA, to the Western World known as a CASHMERE, is a goat's wool.
PASHM is an old Persian word for wool.
 
 
 


PASHMINA – GIFT OF KASHMIRI GOATS 
The finest Pashmina (scarf, shawl, stole) is woven from the softest and warmest goat's wool found in nature – from the cashmere (pashmina). Soft fibers of this warm wool originate from a particularly delicate fluff from underbelly of furry breed the central Asian cashmere goats Chyangra (Capra Hircus – Ibex). Chyangra is domesticated and lives in the remote Himalayan valleys at altitudes about 14,000 feet above sea level. To survive the harsh weather conditions is this mountain goat equipped with a long, mostly white coat with a soft undercoat. Against extremely low temperatures at high altitude Himalayan during the long harsh winters insulates and protects goat Chyangra this thin inner coat of hair – fine fuzz, which is used to produce pashmina (cashmere).
 


GENUINE PASHMINA IS ECOLOGICAL 
Kashmiri goats Chyangra are rare. Every summer herders collect the under-fur from goats by hand. After sorting from bristly hairs and clearing gets the soft fluff. Purified fibers are spinning and concocting in the yarn of finest cashmere wool. Pashmina is produced. The size of raw cashmere fibre is 1/6 diameter of a human hair.
 

Production of the pashmina, of cashmere is ecological. These goats are not harmed in the process of producing pashmina, as it is collected after being shed naturally. From time immemorial are these natural procedures consistent also with today's strict rules protecting animals, nature and the environment. 


PASHMINA – A TREASURE OF NATURE 
Pashmina is expensive and valuable. High prices of original natural cashmere, pure pashmina – and then for pashmina scarfs, shawls and stoles – come from a small number of annually produced cashmere, but also from the rarity of high-altitude Himalayan goats Chyangra. 
From one goat only 4–8 ounces of the Pashmina can be produced in a year (it´s in diameter around 110 to 230 g per goat). For the production of one shawl from genuine cashmere is required wool from three goats.
 

 

PURE CASHMERE – PASHMINA – FINE, DELICATE, SOFT 
The unique quality of Pashmina products is, that it becomes softer with each wear and use, making it more gentle on the skin. Pashmina and silk are pleasant to touch and soft also for delicate sensitive skin. Unlike mass produced products, handmade Pashmina – cashmere scarfs, shawls and stoles on the handlooms may have small irregularities in weave and texture.
They are the sign of originality and uniqueness. Genuine pashmina is also hand-colored. Like all natural wool, also cashmere contains a certain percentage of fat. In each year can have pashmina fibres different amounts of fat, so the coloring may have different intensity. It can be darker or lighter – on the entire area or in some places. Certainly, this property is just a sign of uniqueness of each pashmina.
 

Pashmina Lovers around the World appreciate the quality and properties of pashmina, especially soft diamond fibre – pure cashmere and also genuine silk. These precious jewels last a lifetime, and have been handed down from generation to generation throughout the world. 


FROM TIME IMMEMORIAL LOVED AND ADORED PASHMINA  
While the fine pashmina for millennia been revered in the Orient - in Persia, India, China and the Far East, the Western World discovered their magic slowly. However today is pashmina adored fashion lovers and classic elegance in the World.
The first mention of pashmina stems from the ancient Indian epic Mahabharata from 6 to 4 century BC. Pashmina - these precious fabrics were intended for the king and their donation is gaining the favor of emperors, queens, princes and nobles. Not just for old times in the East, but also in the 18th century and in Europe.
The royal structure and warmth of soft pashmina fibers fascinated in the 16th century Mughal emperors of India. In the 18th century charmed pashmina the ladies in France and St. Petersburg.
 


HOW NAPOLEON WON YOUR LOVE? HE ..... A PASHMINA. 
Napoleon Bonaparte, emperor of the French from 1804 to 1815, donated the pashmina as a precious jewel to his beloved Josephine, when he tried for her attention. And won her love. The empress was with the fabulous pashmina – cashmere stole so impressed, that Napoleon immediately sent for more pieces in all colors. Napoleon essentially "discovered a pashmina for Western Europe" and significantly influenced the fashion and style of dress of women in the highest circles of society. In the Europe started a new fashion trend. Since then adorned pashmina the queens and the ladies of aristocratic families as a precious jewel. Gorgeous cashmere shawl decorated wardrobes of noble ladies. Every highborn lady wanted to have her fairytale pashmina. That time paid for the finest cashmere shawl dearly. Pashmina was very expensive and could buy it only the richest. Pashmina has been part of the bride's dowry – every aristocratic women. All the ladies desired to have a pashmina, a magnificent cashmere shawl.
 


PASHMINA TODAY – SIGN OF STYLE 
Pashmina was, is and will remain forever a royal clothing. As in the old days in the Orient, also today is Pashmina an essentials part of the fashionable wardrobe of modern woman. This fact indicates timelessness, attractiveness and practicality of this classical fashion accessory.
Even today are original pashmina, cashmere, wool and silk scarves and stoles magical and popular fashion accessory. Luxury and stylish. Genuine pashmina is a precious gift of nature. Fine pure cashmere, wool and silk are a jewel of natural materials of the highest quality.
 

 

PASHMINA is an icon of beauty and femininity par excellence. 
PASHMINA is a symbol of luxury. 
PASHMINA is a symbol of royal grandeur.
 
 
 

  © Copywrite – text a photo: 

     Mgr. Erika Piecková – Valečková
Orientalist – Specialist in Indian Studies and Fashion Publicist 
 
 

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