pashmina

 

 

 



pashmina

Favourite of the Moghul Emperors.
Worn by 18th century aristocrats.
Many times warmer than sheep’s wool.
Created in the highlands of the Himalayas.
Perhaps the most luxurious material in the world.


Burapa Asian Perspective
  provides the finest quality pashmina.
We do not buy pashmina using less than top grade genuine
pashmina yarn.This is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain.

Please note –

 Our pashmina/cashmere has been laboratory tested and has surpassed the standards for flammability of textiles as set by the Product Safety Bureau,Health Canada.


What is Pashmina? Pashmina is the softest, warmest, lightest and most
luxurious natural fibre (alongside vicuña) in the world, and comes from the
Capra-Hircus goat. This is the same goat that provides hair for the yarn to
make cashmere. The difference is that top grade pashmina only comes from
goats that live at high altitude above about 14,000 feet), and it only comes
from the one part of the neck and the underbelly. It is common nowadays to
refer to a woman’s stole or shawl as a pashmina, but originally pashmina is the
Nepalese name for the yarn or fibre, derived from a Persian word ‘pashm’
meaning wool. Being almost lanolin- and grease-free (0.5%) many people are
drawn to the non-allergenic characteristic of pashmina.

Cashmere is now commonly used as a generic name which includes pashmina.
Cashmere is made from fibers no thinner than 19 microns, while pashmina fiber
is between 12 – 15 microns. (Human hair is approx. 75 microns thick)
Pashmina wool is gathered using a special comb, and there are no harmful
effects on the animals involved. A single mountain goat is able to produce only
about 90 grams of pashmina wool a year. Its softness derives from the fact
that it is cut from the underside and or neck of the goat, and from the inside
hair close to the body. It is one of the finest natural insulations in the world.

There are different weights and thicknesses of Pashmina, based on a variety
of factors, such as the thread ply (e.g. 1, 2, 4, 6), the tightness of the
weave, the quality of the yarn used, and in pashmina / silk mixes, the
percentage of silk thread used. There is about 6 km of yarn in a pashmina
shawl. Each piece of pashmina is hand-woven by a single craftsman. (As a
result there may be some slight variations between pieces of the same weave
and colour). Colour and or patterns are achieved in two ways. The first is to
dye the yarn before weaving. The second is to print dye the colour / pattern
after weaving. Some dyes give the finished material a slightly harder feel than
others.

Depending on use and environment, pashmina may occasionally show
pilling. This is a small bobble of yarn on the surface of the material.
It may be gently brushed out or carefully cut away.

Pashmina should be stored away from sunlight when not in use to avoid
possible slight colour changes.

Single ply pashmina is very light and can appear to be almost transparent
when spread out. For this reason the silk / pashmina mix which has slightly
more body and not much more weight is popular. Two-ply pashmina has more
body and weight and is more popular for outside shawls.

We do not carry Shahtoosh, which is collected from a species of Himalayan
mountain deer. It is a prohibited product, due to the harm it does to the
donor animal. The collection of Pashmina hair, like sheep’s wool, causes no
harm or pain to the animals involved.