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This camel colour wrap is made of pure pashmina, the softest of the softest wool. The cream of the crop from Cashmere. Infinitely softer and more exclusive than Cashmere wool. Once you have felt real pashmina, you will never be mistaken again with scarves or clothing that may bear the name pashmina, but are not.
The Pashmina goat (officially Changthang) is found only on the plateaus of Ladakh and Tibet, at over 4,000 meters in the Himalayas. The goats have an 'upper coat' and an 'undercoat'. Only the wool of the goat's undercoat is called pashmina. This coat is thick and soft. The outer coat is used for Cashmere products, among other things, but Cashmere can come from different types of goats. In addition to India, Cashmere can also come from large farms in Australia or China. True pashmina, on the other hand, only comes from one region, from one kind of goat.
The pashmina goats naturally lose their undercoat in the spring (the moulting period). It grows back in the winter. The undercoat of the pashmina goat is collected by combing the goat, not by shearing. This is done by the nomadic people the Changpa who inhabit the high plains.
Raw pashmina is exported to the Kashmir region. All steps from combing, cleaning and aligning the fibers, spinning and weaving are traditionally done by hand. The old quarter of Srinagar city in Kashmir is the main center of pashmina fabric production. This scarf was woven there.
Zari is a brocade and is made by wrapping a flattened metal strip with yarn. The metal can be pure gold, but also copper or metallized polyester film. The yarn is often silk, but can also be viscose, cotton or nylon, for example. Copper with silk has been used for the gold-coloured firing in this scarf.