The astounding tale of the cashmere pashmina has been engraved in the history of India’s fabrics and textile industry for centuries now. Admired by the royals and the rich across the globe, Pashmina has earned its reputation as one of the most expensive yet treasured fabrics in the world. The true definition of luxury, the finest craftsmanship, and unrivalled elegance, Pashmina fabric has been stealing the hearts of millions through its timeless grace, exemplary warmth, and unparalleled art by the artisans and weavers.
Weaver Story treasures every bit of Pashmina’s history and creation close to the heart. Our values, art, and services are inspired by the deep-rooted culture and traditions of India, making Pashmina an inevitable part of our brand. There is so much said and yet so much left unknown about Pashmina, but don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with 5 pashmina facts that will give you a glimpse of why it has been admired by everyone for centuries and give you every reason to fall in love with it.
Lightweight, soft, and warm: What’s not to love about the timeless pashmina?
Nothing is more admirable than a fabric that provides warmth while also being pleasing to the eye, easy to carry, and soft to the touch.
A Pashmina Shawl is surprisingly lightweight since each of its fibers has a count of just 12 to 16 microns. Full-size pashmina scarves for women weigh approximately 450 g per piece, making them super lightweight and easy to carry. It is often the fabric of choice during the winter. If the temperature is warm enough, a largeshawl for men or women may even be tied to the bag—that's how lightweight and airy the pashmina is. This is one of the reasons why women across the globe lovePashmina shawls: they are as warm as a hug and as lightweight as a pin.
Pashmina wool is extremely soft and fine in quality. It is considered one of the world's finest and best-quality wools. After the wool is collected from the goat, it is stretched and cleaned to remove any unnecessary waste materials. It is then soaked in a rice-water mixture for a couple of days, allowing the material to soften and prepare for the next stage of the process. Here's an amazing fact about Pashmina's softness: the sellers of these exquisite shawls pass the Pashmina Shawl through a finger ring to prove the purity of the fabric and to demonstrate how smooth, soft, and fine the Pashmina shawl is.
An heirloom-worthy Pashmina shawl such as the Handwoven Brown Pure Pashmina Shawl With Kalamkari by Weaver Story will show you exactly how amazingly warm a Pashmina Shawl can be. Its warmth makes it an apt choice for the winter. Consider a Pashmina Shawl, a natural insulator that will keep the cold from touching your skin while capturing heat to keep you warm during the winter. Bid adieu to baggy sweaters and oversized turtlenecks with Weaver Story’s finest Pashmina Shawls.
The fibre’s minute micron count
The diameter of a wool thread is measured in microns, or in other words, a micron count; the lower the micron count, the finer the thread, and thus the lighter the fabric made from it. Cashmere fibre has a micron count of 12 to 16 microns, whereas human hair has a micron count of 50 on average. This means that when compared to human hair, Ladakhi cashmere is four times thinner. Now you know how fine Ladakhi Cashmere is, and therefore how exquisitely fine a Kashmiri Pashmina shawl such as Weaver Story's Multicolor Handwoven Pure Pashmina Shawl With Kalamkari can be.
Handmade from the beginning to the end
There is a reason we call Pashmina one of the finest handicrafts of India—it is truly handmade from scratch. The Changthangi goat from Ladakh naturally sheds its coat in the spring, which is then collected by herders. This pure cashmere is then cleaned and sold for different processes in "Kashmir". The fascinating process of creating the finest Pashmina begins with spinning the Changthangi goat wool on a wooden spinning wheel that is spun by women to transform the wool into 12-micron threads. Later, men mount these threads on a handloom and begin the process of weaving them into Pashmina Shawls by hand. Only hand embroidery is done on these shawls if they are embroidered, as the finesse and flimsy base cannot withstand the strain of machine embroidery and may even tear easily if not treated with care.
Less production of the Pashmina, higher demand from its admirers
This is the fact you must know about these exquisiteKashmiri shawls: the entire process of production makes owning aPashmina masterpiece truly worth it. One Changthangi goat produces approximately 150 g of wool, which means at least 3 to 4 goats are needed to make a Pashmina Shawl. For the goats to shed their coats, herders have to wait for the spring season every year; the spinners wait for the herders to clean it; the weavers wait for the spinners to make fine threads out of the wool; the skilled artisans wait for the weavers; and the process goes on. Considering the high demand for Pashmina, it is the customers who have to patiently wait to get their masterpieces in hand. However, the unparalleled charm and warmth of the pashmina make it all worth it.
The expensive art of Pashmina: It takes days and sometimes even years to complete the making of a single Pashmina shawl.
It is believed that artisans take up to 180 hours to create a single Pashmina masterpiece. The resplendent Jamawar shawls are hand-embroidered over the base and take almost 5 to 6 years to be made completely. The intricate embroidery patterns take years to complete because artisans can only embroider up to a single inch a day. Everything, from the process of production to the intricate embroidery, weaving technique, and time taken to make one Pashmina Shawl, makes it an expensive piece of art. The one who knows cherishes the making of the Pashmina, treasures it, and understands that an extraordinarily breathtaking Pashmina Shawl is worth every coin, regardless of how expensive it is!
At Weaver Story, we believe that a true piece of art is highly coveted by its owner, and hence, we offer you the finest Pashmina Shawls that you will truly treasure closer to your heart. Explore our Pashmina Shawls and invest in an heirloom-worthy masterpiece of warmth, softness, and elegance, now!
Author: Simran Shaikh