The ‘fabric of the Gods’ is the term one often hears from the elders of the cottage industry in the lush valleys of Kashmir when asked to describe ‘Pashmina’. And nothing could be truer than this sublime fact!
If there is one fabric that Mother Nature has caressed herself and bestowed grace and placidness upon then, it is the Pashmina. No wonder Pashmina is so rare that it is found in a region that remains inhospitable for nearly 9 months of the year.
Docile Changthangi goats (or the Pashmina goats, as they are now called!) are found languidly grazing in the crevices and plateaus of the mighty Himalayas in Kashmir and Tibet at an altitude of 8000 meters above sea level, even in harsh winters when temperatures plunge to – 25 degrees C (– 14 degrees F). As nature’s gift these goats grow a thick and extremely warm undercoat of hair that insulates them all this while. This remarkable coat of hair or Cashmere is the origin of the finest and rarest of Pashmina. Thickness of 12 to 13.5 microns is what gives Pashmina its uber softness and hugs your skin.
After a natural shedding process, shepherds go about their centuries old practice of collecting the Cashmere wool and inevitably share the legacy of Pashmina with us. The Cashmere is thus enchantingly spun using age-old methods into Pashmina.
It is said that the Mughal emperor Jahangir (16th century) was besotted with the artistic culture of Kashmir and once he decided to give his beloved queen, Noor Jahan a memento that personified the resplendence of Kashmir and the emperor chose an opulent Pashmina in an ethereal Ivory color with hand-embroidered motifs of vibrant Paisleys. The royal romance thus bloomed forever!
Semantika vouches for the genuineness of every strand used in the weaving of our Pashminas and implicitly assures you on the quality of every single Semantika product made from Pashmina. After all there are Pashminas and then…there is a Semantika Pashmina! Experience the opulence yourself…!