Kashmir is located in the Northern part of India and is a part
of the Jammu & Kashmir State. The country is a symphony of beautiful
mountains, glades and forests.
After Persian invasions into India in circa 1100, many Persians
overwhelmed by Kashmirs` lush beauty and affable folk, decided to
While living there, they taught the Kashmiris the Persian art of
embrodiery and Pashmina weaving and today there are 36 distinct
styles of embrodiery in Kashmir with each one holding its´own
special tradition. Embrodiery represents emotion, while weaving
represents patience and skilled labor, when combined true art is
created. Sadly, due to the current lack of skilled craftsmen, Kashmiri
handiwork is threatened into becoming a lost tradition.
QUALITY and the “REAL” PASHMINA
Pashmina stems from the Persian word for wool and is popularly
known in the Western World as cashmere wool due to the old spelling
The wool is derived from the goat called Capra-Hircus (also known
as Chyangra). Capra-Hircus live at 14,000 feet up in Himalayas.
The temperature at such altitudes can reach minus 40°C however,
the goat can survive the cold due to the wools’ special thermo-conductivity.
Their hair is exteremely fine and measures15 microns less than that
of human hair, which makes the wool soft and light, yet at the same
In fact the pashmina shawls are so warm, soft and light, that some
Kashmiri’s use them for hatching eggs!