HIMALAYAN CASHMERE PASHMINA

The Himalayan Mountains are the tallest mountain range in Nepal running west to east along the Northern part of India.

Along the mysterious landscape at 7000 ft above sea level, powerful winds, subzero climate and the rugged highlands are the most treacherous and untamed mountains which offer little refuge to very few highly adapted animals, only the toughest creatures survive.

In the northern part of Nepal, The Ladakh nomadic goat herders live in the barren landscape and tend to their most prized possession, the Capra Hircus goat, or Chyangra.

The goats survive and produce the softest, finest fibre, under their coarse hair covering. Their coat provides insulation and protection during extremely cold temperatures of below-30* C. The Chyangra Hircus goat produces a fibre length of 34 mm with a diameter of 15.10 microns. This characteristic of the fibre gives very luxurious sensation to touch.

The Himalayan Cashmere Pashmina is produced utilizing 400 year old traditional practices passed down from generation to generation, mastering the skill of weaving and knitting. The labour intensive process of creating the delicate shawl often takes more than 30 days and over 200 hrs to fabricate either 100% cashmere or cashmere melange with the Mulberry silk. The combination of silk adds strength and sheen to the woven shawl.

The Pashmina trade has existed for over hundreds of years. Cashmere is referred to as the diamond fibre because it was traded, with such high value to the to aristocracy. There are very few examples in history, of a fibre so sought after throughout the world over centuries. It is a rare and treasured fibre! Today, cashmere is intertwined with the world of fashion. It is marked by prestige and has nonetheless been preserved throughout the centuries as luxurious.