Nov 152015
The History of Pashmina

The History of Pashmina Pashmina is a Persian word for wool and is also known as cashmere from the Indian city Kashmir. The hair that is used to make pashmina is from Capra Hircusgoats who live in the Himalayans and also some areas in the regions of the Tibetan Plateaus. The process of which pashmina has been made dates way back to the 15th century. Due to the high altitude and the weather on the mountains, the people in Persia had to come up with a garment that would keep them warm. Pashminas gained fame when they were worn by the rulers of India and the countries surrounding them which also made them popular. Kashmir was the only place the articles could be woven. There were even treaties made by the leader of Kashmir to use Tibet’s pashmina. Even though the west has been slow to discover the uses of a pashmina, Nepal’s making the scarves with silk to ensure the life of the scarves is longer. Women of Nepal generally wear the scarves as a tradition. They believe that the ancestors gave them the skill to weave and choose the best fibers to make the pashmina. Not only is it a traditional look, but it also a status identifier. Women wear them for weddings, ceremonies, and other events. Because of the demand in pashmina, Mongolia ended up making imitations of pashmina with goats’ hair that feels similar to the Himalayan goats.’ Acrylic and viscose were two of the imitations. Read More …

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