December 18, 2020

The image of a lone mountain goat, high in the Himalayas, is perhaps the farthest one can get fro luxury. But it’s from the soft inner coat of the chyaangra, as the goat is locally called, that we acquire the highly coveted and deluxe pashmina fibre. This very fine wool., measuring around 14 or 15 microns in diameter, is collected from the fleece of these animals that lives more than 4000 meters above sea level. The outer coatt is discarded and only the finest inner materials , also known as the Diamond fibre is used. This is what makes Nepali pashmina Cashmere as internationally renowned and covered luxury item. The fibre for pashmina wool is located every spring when the animal is moulting . Normally, a comb is raked through the fleece of the goat and tufts of hair are removed. They are subsequently sorted and de-haired to remove and coarse outer fur and then washed. The fibre is eventually spun into a yarn and woven or knitted into various products, a few of which are scarves, shawls, blankets, sweater cardigans. Natural pashmina is usually found in shades of white but can be dyed into any color.
Despite the decline in demand due to tough competition from cheaper foreign counterparts (that are often mixed with wool, polyester and viscose) , Nepalese pashmina is that it is completely authentic and unadulterated.” Pure pashmina has a certain spring to it that can never be found in any other blend of fibre. In other to preserve the authenticity of Nepalese pashmina and combat the effect of cheap imitation, the Nepalese government and pashmina producers have jointly registered a trade mark for the wool.
Chyangra pashmina is generally handmade, another one of its valuable features, which ensures that each piece is one of a kind. While these products are traditionally, plain and monochromatic, pashmina produces are now starting to use methods such as ikat, print, tye-dye techniques to color and print design onto fabric.