Pashmina - the finest cashmere
Cashmere is simply the old Anglo spelling for Kashmir - the place where the noble fibre was first woven into fabric and where the finest yards of it are still woven. Kashmir, the beautiful Himalayan valley far from the world's fashion map but the source of its gossamer loveliness.
While the finest Cashmere used by most global luxury brands stands at around 15.5 microns, we, through our commitment to excellence and as a niche player in the industry, primarily use 13-13.8 micron Cashmere while also holding the record for the finest Cashmere sourced from the Himalayas at 12.5 microns.
The finest Cashmere comes from the icy Himalayan plateau of the Changthang that spans from Ladakh in the Kashmir region to western Tibet. It is here that the Changpa tribe has been traditionally rearing the Pashmina goats (capra hircus) since centuries.
The harsh winters with temperatures falling to -40 degrees Celsius have resulted in the goat's evolving a very fine underfleece which is gently combed each summer to acquire raw cashmere or pashm as we call in Kashmir.