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 (Government of Jammu and Kashmir directorate of Handicrafts)

 We the (pashmina shawls .co.in) are the society workers industrial cooperative Ltd .is registered (reg.number RIC/KP/SRA/548) by Directorate of Handicrafts Government of Jammu and Kashmir under section 3 (sub sec. 4) of the J &K S.R. Cooperative act 1999.

  Our cooperative society work with artisans as a team, We have expertise in designing the shawls and we have already added new dimensions to needle work of Pashmina and Kani shawls from past three generations.where the designs are conceived keeping the revival of traditional motifs and techniques in mind. A part of our profits go to an educational foundation dedicated to the children of Kashmiri artisans and with the nomaids in Ladakh.

 Pashmina Wool Development Scheme (PWDS) India produces the finest Pashmina  wool in the world, the main and best quality coming from the Changthang plateau of Ladakh region of J&K State. Pashmina wool is produced by Changra (Pashmina) goat in Ladakh and Chegu breed of goat in the eastern parts of Himalayas. The goats are reared in Ladakh by the Changpa tribe inhabiting Changthang region. Pashmina bearing goats are also found to a minor extent in other areas of Leh district, Zanskar (Kargil district) and adjoining Lahoul- Spiti valley of Himachal Pradesh. There are 2.45 lakhs Goat (2 lac Changra & Malra goat which produce Pashmina) in Ladakh, which produces Pashmina in varying quantities depending upon purpose of rearing, husbandry condition and pasture possibilities, besides spatial variations. Consequent to their adherence to old tradition of non- exchange of germplasm from place to place, many local type of Non Pashmina goats are also found (nearly 45,000 out of these 2.45 lakhs) which come from the same larger genetic pool and contributes little to the total Pashmina production of the region. The accurate figures of Pashmina production are not known as some part of it is purchased by ‘Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council’ (LAHDC) (through its agency All Changthang Pashmina Growers Marketing Co-operative Society) and some part by private Pashmina traders but it is estimated that the Leh district of Ladakh region produces approximately 40 to 50 Ton of raw Pashmina every year which is less than 1% of the total world Pashmina production. Average fiber production per adult animal is 215 grams (in traditional area) and less than 100 Gram in non-traditional area, although there are instances where individual male goat had produced 920 gms at the State Govt. Pashmina Farm. The average fibre diameter of Changra goat has been found to be 11-13 micron and that of the “Malra” to be below 15 micron. During 10th plan, the Central Wool Development Board launched ‘Pashmina Wool Development Project’ as proposed by Sheep Husbandry Department, Leh, J&K for the development of Pashmina Wool in Ladakh region under Prime Minister Special Package to benefit 800 families from traditional & non-traditional areas and provided financial assistance under different components of scheme. The project was implemented through Chief Executive Officer/Deputy Commissioner, LAHDC, Leh on pilot project basis and same programme was further extended during 11th Plan period. The financial allocation for Pashmina Development programme for whole 11th plan period was Rs. 1.28 Crores, which was meagre relative to prevailing conditions and large area to be covered and was therefore moderately successful. If one looks into the growth rate of Changra goat population in last 5 years, it has stagnated at an annual growth rate of less than 2 %. The Pashmina fiber production has remained almost constant during the last 5 years. Total Pashmina goat population of the whole Ladakh region is also very small in comparison to total area and its range land resources. If a sound and meaningful intervention programme is devised for this area, the region has potential to produce a reasonably good quantity Pashmina of fine quality. A team of Ministry of Textiles and CWDB had also visited the whole project area to assess the actual field conditions, interacted with the nomads to understand their difficulties and held meetings with Sheep Husbandry department (Govt. of J&K), LAHDC authorities and other stake holders before deciding upon a new Pashmina Wool Development Scheme. During the 12th Plan period, the Board proposes to continue the ongoing scheme with some additional and modified components with a approach of Special Package with total financial provision of Rs. 41.21 Crore.