A true pashmina is the ultimate cashmere scarf and is made from a particular fine type of cashmere wool. The threads were originally woven in Kashmir and the name comes from the Persian ‘Pasmina’, meaning soft gold. The pashmina wool is the finest, softest and warmest wool available anywhere. It takes the entire annual growth of 3 goats to create just one pashmina. It is good to know that the goats are not harmed during the process of producing a pashmina as the wool is collected only after the goats have shed naturally.
The cashmere comes only from the underbelly of the Capra Hircus goat, who graze the remote hills of the Himalayas. As these goats live 14,000 ft above sea level, they grow a thin inner coat which keeps them warm through the long, harsh Himalayan winter. It is this inner hair that is used to produce the pashmina. Each hair is about 1/6th the diameter of most other types of hair. The hair is very strong but also soft and very comfortable to wear. The more the pashmina is worn, the softer and more comfortable they become. Versatility and warmth without bulk are the key qualities of the pashmina. Light enough to be a summer shawl, warm enough to be a winter scarf and yet so fine that the true pashmina can be threaded through a wedding ring.