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what is pashmina?


what is pashmina ?

Pashmina is the name of the finest hand made woolen fabric made from the soft, downy undercoat that grows primarily on the neck and belly of the Himalayan Mountain goat, Capra hiracus.Therefore pashmina is Pashm in woven from. The word Pashm is adjective of a Kashmiri word ‘Posh’, meaning the animal. In the opinion of some oriental scholars the word pashmina is of either Turkish or Persian origin.

 Pashm has a special luster due to its long fine fibers which are as thin as 12 microns. By contrast, The fibers from premium sheep’s wool such as Merino extra fine, are 23 microns thick and human hair ranges up to 200 microns thickness. Thus pashmina is exceptionally light, soft and warm and feels luxurious against the skin. The natural colors of the fleece range from white to gray, brown, dark tan and black.