And is it the same as Pashmina?
Over the years that I have run Shava Creation, I have answered these 2 questions innumerable times. This is why I thought I would create a series of articles that answered all the basic questions on “Cashmere”.
Today I talk about where cashmere really comes from. Did you know that your cashmere sweater or shawl started its journey on a goat? That’s right – goats. Goats that probably looked like the beautiful ones pictured above. And that the word cashmere is the old spelling of Kashmir in India.
But the cashmere goat is not a specific breed. Any goat that can produce significant amount of high quality soft fiber undercoat is a cashmere goat. Fine quality cashmere wool today is produced from many breeds of goats in countries like China, Mongolia, India, New Zealand, Australia etc. And all of these goats can look quite different from one another.
Pashmina in persian means “made from wool” and these were first woven in Kashmir. Pashmina is a fine type of wool from Kashmir that specifically comes from the pashmina goat. The “changthangi” is one such breed that inhabits Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir, and in adjoining Nepal and Tibet. Their ultra-fine wool is woven into fine pashmina that is so coveted around the world.
So all cashmere is not pashmina. And Pashmina is very fine, exquisite and exclusive cashmere.
At Shava Creation, we have been sourcing our cashmere and pashmina shawls from Kashmir and Nepal for over two decades. Each collection is custom designed and produced exclusively for us. So when you own a Shava shawl we can guarantee it is authentic and exclusive. Do visit our website to see the new arrivals for Spring/ Summer 2018.
I hope this was useful and interesting. Do send in your comments on this article. And on anything else you would like me to cover in my future articles.
Have a great day.