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The word ‘Cashmere’ is synonymous to the word of our land Kashmir. This word is believed to be originated when Pashmina Shawls produced in Kashmir were marketed to the west. Due to the unique nature of softness, warmth and lightness with Kashmir’s inherited skill of hand needle embroidery, it became the product of high vogue in the west especially in Europe. The Paris journal Des Dames at Des Modes in 1815 writes that ladies would invent a thousand reasons why they had to have one of these pieces of luxury. The richest only needed to say that it was the fashion, the middle class women needed to look like everyone else and the poorest would claim that Cashmere would be good for their health and would last longer than anything else. Even if there was no reason, women would resort to refrain that the Cashmere shawl was the only acceptable proof of true love.
Kashmir pashmina 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. So, the word ‘Cashmere’ became a global standard of the fabric produced in Kashmir. Today, Cashmere wool is claimed to be produced almost in every continent but in reality it is only the imitation of Cashmere wool, because Cashmere wool is obtained from a goat surviving in the upper Himalayas at temperatures falling as low as minus 30 degree Celsius, at the altitude of 14,500 feet where high speed winds and freezing temperature exist. The unique nature of this breed is that it can only produce superior Cashmere in minus temperature. If they are brought down to plains the fleece becomes dull and loses its quality and fineness. This is also a fact that these breeds are also found in other countries because Himalayan Mountain Range falls in countries like China, Nepal, Mongolia and our country India.
Then what makes a Kashmir Pashmina fabric produced in Kashmir unique and special??? It is the traditional process of hand making and needle embroidery which is still followed with keen interest keeping firmly in mind the ethic and cultural value of the goods produced. It is always amazing to see Kashmiri men and women earning their livelihood by a movement of needle on a light and soft fabric called ‘SOZNI’. Kashmir has remained a place where art and artisans have further flourished this beautiful land surrounded by mountains. The valley which is known for its natural resources and beauty of its surroundings certainly a ‘Heaven on Earth’.
Kashmir Art as an organized industry was founded by a prominent muslim scholar and spiritual leader HAZRAT MIR SYED ALI HAMDANI (peace and blessings be upon him) in 14th century by putting emphasis on “AKL-I- HALAL” (earning the legitimate source of livelihood). He arrived in Kashmir with about 700 disciples among which 360 were highly skilled artisans most of whom stayed here for the rest of their lives and made this art flourish in Kashmir by teaching a large number of inhabitants. Since then the products made in Kashmir have gained international recognition and popularity for their amazing quality, elegant appearance, uniqueness and luxurious standard.
The steps involved in manufacturing Kashmir Pashmina fabric are: Procuring the raw material, De-hair the raw material, Spinning the yarn, Arranging the warp, Arranging Heddles and Reed, Weaving the fabric, Clipping the loose threads, Dyeing, Washing and Ironing.
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