Pashmina is popularly known in the west as cashmere wool, from the old spelling for Kashmir. The fine wool comes from the undercoat of the Himalayan mountain goat and, for over a thousand years, has been hand-woven into shawls and blankets.
For many centuries Kashmir was the only place the fiber could be woven into shawls, but today most of the world’s real pashmina shawls are woven on handlooms in Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley. Most are woven on a warp of spun silk for increased suppleness and strength. In recent years this silk and cashmere blend has become the darling of the western fashion world. But the cashmere blanket throw has become the sought after homegood accessory for cozy days curling up with a book and cup of chai tea.
Sadly, our competitors are trying to pass off fake pashminas — woven on machine looms with low-quality cashmere or other angora — to those with a less discerning eye. We are here to change that and protect the legacy of hand-loomed quality and skill. [More about the Pashm Story and Pashmina quality testing]
The Slow Fashion movement (first coined in 2007 by Kate Fletcher) and Pashm Slow Fashion Cashmere is to fashion and consumerism what Slow Food is to our food systems (local foods, fresh ingredients, direct relationships with […]