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What is Pashmina?

Pashmina is a kind of fine cashmere wool typically found in Kashmir, India and some parts of Nepal. The name originates from the Persian word "pashmineh," which means "made from wool." This wool comes from the underbelly hair of Changthangi, Malra, Chegu and Chyangara goats. All these breeds can be found exclusively in high altitude regions.

The famous pashmina shawls are made from this luxurious and fine fiber. Cashmere shawls have been manufactured in Nepal and Kashmir for thousands of years. The main difference between pashmina and cashmere is the diameter of the fiber. Pashmina fibers are thinner and therefore, ideal for making lightweight attire like scarves that are extremely popular across the world. These articles of clothing and accessories can last for years if they are maintained properly.

Benefits of Pashima

  • Pashmina is a type of cashmere wool that is collected every spring from specific breeds of goats shedding their winter coats.
  • This material is available in two main variants: Nepal and Ladakh pashmina.