Pashmina Shawls has its origin from Kashmir region of India. Originally Kashmiri people used these shawls to keep themselves warm during the winter season.
The wool that is used in weaving the Pashmina Shawl are obtained from the Pashmina Goat found in the Ladakh (the high altitude region of the Himalayas) where the temperature is generally around -40 degree Centigrade in winters.
The quality of Pashmina wool is very soft and fine. It is one of the finest and highest quality wool in the whole world.
Pashmina Shawls are hand woven by skilled Artisans of Kashmir. The weaving requires a lot of expertise and experienced hands for creating find such fine embroidery. This art of weaving Pashmina Shawls are passed on from generation to generation as a tradition in Kashmir.
The high quality wool and the fine embroidery done on Pashmina Shawl attracted the attention of people from all across the world and hence this became one of most demanding shawl in the whole world and especially in Europe and the USA. It’s high demand increased the supply from Kashmir, boosted the local economy.
It became one of the major source of income for the local Kashmiri people who are involved in the weaving process of Pashmina Shawl, hence improving their lifestyle and living standard.
Pashmina Shawls are very costly due to their fine quality of wool and the hard work involved in making one single piece. It is only affordable by a high income group people as a single piece of Pashmina Shawl costs somewhere around ₹10,000-₹20,000.
Weaving a single Pashmina Shawl takes a long time depending on the type of work involved. It generally takes around 72hrs or more to complete one shawl. Pashmina Shawl has become a fashion statement in itself.