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In the austere and gorgeous landscape of The Himalayas, it is as essential to keep warm as it is to savor the beautiful panorama that surrounds you. Our hand-woven pashmina allows you to wrap yourself in a diamond fiber as resplendent as the mountains spread out before you.
Relying on generations of artisanal expertise, our Kind People Co. pashmina are as majestic as they are warm and are a signature luxury good of the Nepal area.
While the word pashmina often conjures up images of vibrant embroidered shawls, pashmina actually refers to the lush fabric from which these gorgeous garments are made.
Known as the most noble variety of cashmere, pashmina is made exclusively from fibers of 15 microns or less that come from the chyangra goat of The Himalayas. Revered for their luxurious coats, chyangra goats are only found in the higher reaches of the Himalayas, often at altitudes of 9,000 feet or more. Due to the harsh conditions of its natural habitat, the chyangra goat has naturally adapted to produce this level of insulation, called the “pashm,” from which pashmina gets its name.
Given its extraordinary warmth, pashmina is often known as a “hyper cashmere,” as its insulating quality and softness go far beyond that of normal cashmeres produced by other animals at lower elevations.
The collection and creation of our pashminas is aligned to the natural rhythms of the seasons and the chyangra goat itself. We promise that the production of our pashmina is always sustainable, eco-friendly, and cruelty-free.
Each springtime, the winter coats of the Chyangra goats are collected by herders and expert caretakers. Once this fluffy bounty is brought down from the foothills of the Himalayas, the task of harvesting the pashm begins.
The finest pashmina fibers are gathered through a process of brushing these soft fibers out into a downy fleece. This fleece is then hand-spun into pashmina yarn, which is then taken to the workshops of textile makers.
These master makers then weave this yarn into a gossamer fabric on traditional wooden handlooms. The resulting fabric is a cream color, which offers a blank canvas upon which the vibrant color and intricate embroidery of pashmina can then be added.
As hand spinning has traditionally been done by women and embroidery is traditionally done by men, the production of pashmina is an occupation that employs and sustains entire communities. Likewise, the harvesting and sale of pashmina has long been a way of life and sustenance for the nomadic herders of the highlands of Nepal and their surrounding villages.
Since antiquity, the Kashmir Region has been famous for its delightfully crafted fabrics. Cashmere and pashmina wool were two of the largest luxury exports that were traded and transported by land from Kashmir to the Roman Empire.
During the 16th century, the cashmere and pashmina industry reached new heights, signaling a golden area of East-West trade. Across the Roman and Ottoman Empire, pashmina shawls were seen as a symbol of status and were exclusively worn by regents and kings.
In 18th century France, the Empress Josephine then iconized the garment as a favorite accessory in her ensembles. From there, the pashmina shawl became a marker of social distinction and excellent taste for both men and women.
Since the times of royalty, the pashmina shawl has enjoyed a place as a fashion item of the elite. Further popularized by Hollywood stars in the late 20th century, the pashmina shawl has endured as a fashionable way to elevate one’s look in all seasons, around the world.
Ever timeless as a symbol of luxury and royalty, the pashmina shawl is an incredibly stylish accessory for all continents, weathers, and special occasions.
When you don a pashmina, you help sustain communities of craftmasters. Delight in a taste of history and tradition as you drape the world’s softest, lightest, and finest fiber around your shoulders. Wrap yourself in luxury with our resplendent handwoven Himalayan Pashminas.