Pashminas

Pashmina comes from the Persian word for wool, known in the West as cashmere wool. Cashmere derives its name from the old spelling of Kashmir. The origins of pashmina date a long way back, when the people had to depend on the fabrics they wove for easy travel, warmth and especially, survival. The threads used in making this luxurious cloth come from the underbelly of the Himalayan mountain goats, called the Chyangra(Capra Hircus) which live in the high regions of the Tibetan Plateau. Imagine the icy temperatures that blast from the high plateaux of Mongolia and Xinjiang in China. Imagine temperatures falling to 40C. Imagine the freezing wind that whips through the glaciers and mountainsides. It is in this 14,000ft, forbidding region, that the beautiful Himalayan mountain goat roams. To survive this inhospitable environment this wonderful animal grows a unique, incredibly soft pashm, or inner coat, six times finer than human hair. this is one of the world's most rare and precious fibres; soft to handle, light and warm, and to wear it is to be insulated in your very own summertime. Every spring/summer, Himalayan farmers climb these mountains to comb the fine woolen undercoat from the neck and chest of, the Capra hircus goat.