The Origin of the Kashmiri Pashmina Shawl

March 3rd, 2022

The epitome of heritage and legacy, Pashmina shawls are the symbol of royalty. Pashmina shawls are handwoven in Kashmir by skillful artisans. For thousands of years, Kashmir has been the uncontested producer of Pashmina shawls. The expertise to weave exquisite embroidery is passed down from generation to generation. It takes an artisan, years to perfect their skills in the art of embroidery which is why the shawls are owned by people with fine eyes for detail and are quite expensive. The Ahujasons strive to preserve the classic grace and regal elegance of Pashmina shawls.

The Origin

The Kashmiri Pashmina shawl is regarded as the world's best handicraft, transforming the extremely delicate cashmere threads into royal accessories. The fleece of the Changthangi Goat, the world's most unique cashmere goat, is known in Urdu as Pashm. It can only be found at a height of 14,000 feet above sea level in Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, making Pashmina even more rare and coveted around the world. 

Kashmiri Pashmina Shawl

The process of making Pashmina begins in the spring when Changthangi goats naturally lose their winter coats, a period is known as the moulting season in the area. This is when the goat's undercoat is collected by combing rather than shearing, which is the most common method for collecting fine wool. The raw Pashmina is then shipped to Kashmir. Once it arrives, highly skilled artists, designers, and craftspeople work by hand to refine and transform it into a fabric, employing centuries-old processes passed down from generation to generation.
The wool industry in Kashmir is supposed to have been founded by Zayn-ul-Abidin, the monarch of Kashmir in the 15th century. The origins of Pashmina shawls, however, may be traced back to the 3rd century BC. For ages, the Pashmina has been an important part of traditional clothing. It was exclusively worn by kings and queens in the past and hence became the symbol of royalty.

Kashmiri Pashmina Shawls

The Kashmiri Pashmina shawl has become a status symbol. Wearing a Pashmina is a luxurious experience in itself. Pashmina shawls are the perfect way to accentuate your personality and stand out from the crowd. Share the warmth and love by gifting a pure Pashmina shawl to your loved ones and leaving a mark of eternal grandeur for future generations. The epitome of Indian art and heritage, explore the latest collection of Kashmiri Pashmina shawls from Ahujasons.