Why Pashmina Shawls Are So Special?

The pashmina shawl is one of the most popular elegant shawls or wraps in the world. Pashmina shawls are made using a time-consuming and labor-intensive method in which beautiful Cashmere wool from a Himalayan goat is humanely obtained and treated for years to produce the world-famous Kashmiri Pashmina. It is not just the method that distinguishes it, but also a number of additional factors that have made pashmina lace shawls famous among well-known personalities since the 15th century.

What is Pashmina?

The skill of handcrafting luxury clothes and accessories out of the downy undercoat of the Himalayan goat is known as pashmina. The goat lives in Ladakh, India, in the Changthang region.

Herders are known to live in this area, which is over 14000 feet above sea level. The Changpa tribe has been living in the area for many years. They are the breeders of Changthangi goats, a rare breed of goat. And it is they who lead us to the initial step in Pashmina production, which is the collection of goat wool.

Making of Pashmina

Nature has blessed the Changthangi goat with delicate Cashmere fleece that develops over its underbelly neck and some sensitive places of its body to help it endure a temperature of -40 degrees. The wool is soft, fine, and quite warm. The goat is kept warm and active by the wool, which functions as an insulator. Even though the diameter of this thin wool is just 12-16 microns, it is so warm that no animal has ever died from the cold while wearing Cashmere!

The same fleece that helped the goat survive in the winter makes it nervous once summer arrives. Why shouldn't it be? Wool, after all, provides exceptional warmth and comfort. The goat, feeling the same way, rubs itself against nearby hard places, causing part of the wool to strew everywhere. Herders observe the pain and seek expert assistance to gently comb the remaining wool off the goat's body. Specialised instruments, like as combs and blades, are used. This procedure takes a long time since the specialists must ensure that the animals are not in any way injured.

Processing in Kashmir

The animal is free and the wool is in a lump as soon as the wool is collected. It is cleaned and taken to Kashmir to be processed. Kashmir is the only region in the world where masterfully skilled craftsmen can physically process Cashmere. Pashmina is cleaned and processed anew when it arrives in the valley, and this is where the entire process begins. After being cleaned and sorted, it is given to valley women who spin it on a wooden spinning wheel.

This procedure is vital since even manual tension can easily tear the soft cashmere fiber. Women make it possible to turn a lump of wool into tiny threads, sometimes scarcely visible, by using a regular motion of hands and the wheel. These thin threads are constructed over a period of days until a sufficient number is gathered. It's time to start weaving. The majority of weavers are men. When the Cashmere fiber reaches their handloom units, workers sit in groups of two or three and begin weaving it into fabric. A sumptuous and gorgeous Pashmina shawl is concocted, still in its basic state, after a rigorous procedure of 4-5 days.

Further Processing

The shawls are passed on from the handloom unit to washers, who wash them on riverbanks. Then it goes to dyers, who colour it according to the desires of the buyers, and then wash it again. The shawl is then sent to embroiderers, who turn plain solid shawls into marvels. Depending on the pattern, hand embroidery of each shawl might take many years. Fine threads and needles are used to cover the foundation in elaborate motifs in Sozni embroidery and Paper Mache embroidery on Pashmina. Tilla Dozi, on the other hand, covers the foundation in dazzling traditional designs with metallic threads dipped in gold and silver.

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