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GENUINE LADAKH PASHMINA
An exceptional cashmere
Authentic Pashmina remains a well-kept secret...
Discover this rare, ethical and eco-responsible cashmere,
hand-harvested in the Himalayas.
Pashmina is an exceptional cashmere.
Harvested since ancient times in the Upper Himalayas, it is still produced by hand and today accounts for just 0.5% of world production.
It owes its unprecedented finesse to the extreme altitudes where the changra goats that produce it live to protect themselves from the icy cold of Ladakhi winters. In keeping with tradition, the nomadic shepherds of the Chang-Pa tribe comb the goats in summer to recover their precious down: an eco-responsible cashmere so fine it can only be woven by hand!
Only the artisans of Kashmir possess the ancestral know-how needed to master this delicate art: bringing to life the shawl of kings, a fabric so warm, so light and so fine, that it is passed entirely through a ring...
Leading experts in authentic Pashmina, we are proud to present Europe's most complete collection of this rare and ethical cashmere!
Choosing genuine Pashmina not only means opting for a high-quality fashion accessory that combines the incomparable softness and warmth of this rare and precious fiber, it also means contributing to the preservation of unique traditional craftsmanship by supporting local communities.
For over 10 years now, our mission has been to promote and disseminate this exceptional and totally unknown eco-responsible cashmere, offering impeccable quality at the right price: genuine 100% fair trade cashmere Pashminas from Ladakh, handcrafted in India according to tradition.
Pashmina is a variety of ultra-fine cashmere, hand-harvested in very limited quantities in the Himalayas from the winter down of the Ladakh changra goat. Of Persian origin, the term "Pashmina" is very old and designates both the fiber and the shawls made from it. Extremely rare and extremely fine, Pashmina is not only the noblest and most luxurious cashmere, it also stands out as an ethical and sustainable cashmere, thanks to its eco-responsible production inherited from age-old ancestral traditions.
Pashmina must be handcrafted according to ancestral traditions. For centuries, the artisans of Kashmir have been the only ones to master the delicate weaving of this ultra-fine cashmere, and they continue to practice this art to this day. Pashminas are patiently woven by hand on wooden looms. Making a Pashmina takes time, from a few days for a plain stole to several months or even years for an XXL kaani shawl. Pashminas can also be hand-embroidered.
No authentic Pashmina is machine-made, which is one way of identifying imitations.
Here's the best way to recognize genuine pashmina:
1/ Check that the piece has no braided bangs: pashmina fiber is too fine to be braided.
2/ Take a thread from the selvedge and burn it: real pashmina smells of horn or burnt hair.
3/ Observe the weave and selvedges of the stole against the light: they should be irregular, indicating handcrafting.
4/ Other clues may help you: genuine Pashmina is never labeled 100% pashmina but 100% cashmere, and it's never cheap.
Want to find out more? See our complete guide with photos: How to recognize real pashmina
Soft, fine and light, yet extremely warm, Pashmina has definitely established itself as the versatile accessory par excellence. Elegant and versatile, it can be worn by both men and women, whatever the season, as a scarf wrapped around the neck over a coat in winter, or as a shawl draped over the shoulders to warm a dress in summer.
Here are a few ideas for wearing your pashmina:
Pashmina is a variety of cashmere, so it's very easy to wash by hand, as long as you take the necessary precautions:
However, if you don't have the time to follow this procedure, we recommend dry-cleaning as a precautionary measure.