|For people around the
world, Kashmir is synonymous with woven shawls. These
elegant wrap-around are elegant in design, style and colours.
These shawls (also called Cashmere) have a long history
and have been patronized by world eminent personalities.
The history dates back to 14th century. These are manufactured
in various colours, textures designs and fabrics, mostly
in standard sizes of 40 x 80 inches.
We manufacture shawls and stoles in various fabrics and
yarns. The highest quality is pure Pashmina (meaning fine
wool). On the lower side, we have locally woven woolen
yarn. In between there are many designs, embroideries
textures, colours and sizes.
Pashmina Sawls : World is full of fabrics,
none excels in unique softness, quality of texture and
beauty as the Pashmina shawl of Kashmir. The Pashmina
shawls are soft, light, warm and have elegant look and
are regarded as a status symbol by those who admire it,
a real pride of Kashmiri Craftsmen. This luxurious fiber
grows under the coarse and shaggy outer coat of a particular
breed of domestic goat Capra Hircus which has it's habitat
in Himalayan region of Tibet, China and Ladakh in Kashmir.
This delicate Deer like animal lives at a very high attitude
where the winters are severe. The fiber from this handsome
animal is used for the making of Pashm meaning the King
Making of Pshmina Sawls : The first step
in the process consists of collecting the raw material,
which is freely available as soon as summer sets in. The
tribal people of Ladakh go to higher regions to collect
the raw material. The raw wool thus collected is sold
to the traders in Kashmir and is also available from the
Government Wool Board. The second step is of spinning
of pashm, which is a time consuming process and requires
a lot of effort and patience. This is being done by house-wives
and women only and actual time taken to deal with 50 gram
of pashm is about 20 to 25 hours of hard work and effort.
The first task is to get rid of coarse hair. This is done
by hand. Each small tuft of Pashmina is teased out and
hair removed one by one. In the process a great deal of
dust is also removed. To remove the pashm of its natural
oiliness, it's then thoroughly mixed with flour made from
rice. The pashm is then teased out once more, tuft by
tuft on a small wooden const. This ancient treatment makes
raw wool soft, whiter and the material is ready for spinning
on a Kashmir spinning wheel or "Yender" made
The yarn from the bundles is taken to the weaver who takes
a week or so to fix the thread of the warp on the loom
of a tiny frame made of wood with 4 to 8 slings below
the weaver's feet. The weft is made into cones mounted
on the straws by using the old tradition of transferring
the yarn from the wooden spool to spinning wheel. Now
the weaver starts his job of weaving the cloth of shawls
on the loom with his hands and feet. A weaver weaves 4
to 6 inches of cloth in a day. The cloth is next sent
to washing in a herbal soap of Kashmir in a running waters.
Then it's dyed by hand and is ready for embroidery, or
sold just plain.