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KASHMIR

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 settle there.
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 of Kashmir.
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 time, warm.

In fact the pashmina shawls are so warm, soft and light, that some Kashmiri’s use them for hatching eggs!

   






   
   
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