Pashmina, Antiques & Gifts

Pashmina

Pashmina is a fine type of cashmere wool. The textiles made from it were first woven in Kashmir. The name comes from Persian: پشمینه‎ / pašmina, meaning “made from wool”.Pashmina came to be known as ‘cashmere’ in the West because Europeans first encountered this fibre in Kashmir.The wool comes from a number of different breeds of the cashmere goat; such as the changthangi or Kashmir pashmina goat from the Changthang Plateau in Tibet and part of the Ladakh region, the malra from the Kargil area in the Kashmir region, the chegu from Himachal Pradesh in the Himalayas of northern India, and the chyangara or Nepalese pashmina goat from Nepal. Often shawls called shahmina are made from this material in Kashmir and Nepal; these shawls are hand spun and woven from the very fine cashmere fibre.

Pashmina shawls have been worn by the royalty and the elites in the region for centuries. Pashmina blankets were also vital additions to a wealthy women’s dowry in India, Pakistan and Nepal. They are a sort of status symbol in these countries.

It is derived from mountain breeds of goat (Capra hircus). One distinct difference between pashmina and generic cashmere is the fibre diameter. 

They are available in a range of sizes, from “scarf” 12 in × 60 in (0.30 m × 1.52 m) to “wrap” or “stole” 28 in × 80 in (0.71 m × 2.03 m) to full sized shawl 36 in × 80 in (0.91 m × 2.03 m) and in rare cases, “macho” 12 ft × 12 ft (3.7 m × 3.7 m). 

An antique is a collect able item, at least 100 years old. It is collected or desirable because of its age, beauty, rarity, condition, utility, personal emotional connection, and/or other unique features. It is an object that represents a previous era or time period in human society.

Antiques are usually objects that show some degree of craftsmanship, collectability, or a certain attention to design, such as a desk or an early automobile. They are bought at antique shops, estate sales, auction houses, online auctions, and other venues, or estate inherited. 

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