1. What is Kashmir Pashmina?
According to experts and craft preservation bodies, a scarf made of 100% cashmere fibers obtained from the Himalayan mountain goat (Capra Hircus) which is also hand-spun and hand-woven by the artisans of Kashmir using traditional scarf making techniques, indigenous to this region, is known as a 'Kashmir Pashmina'.
2. What is the difference between cashmere and pashmina?
In popular lexicon, the term 'pashmina' is widely used to describe any scarf with attributes such as softness or warmth; however, the craft of Kashmir Pashmina is one of the premier textile traditions of the Indian sub-continent with a history that dates back at least one-thousand years. In this context, a Kashmir Pashmina, even in a contemporary world, must be a reflection of this continuing tradition. The term 'cashmere' is thought to be another spelling of the word 'kashmir'. It is used to refer to fine wool obtained from the Himalayan mountain goat.
3. What makes a handcrafted Kashmir scarf special?
The handcrafted process highlights the best qualities of the cashmere fibre-its durability, lightness and its warmth. We obtain cashmere from tribal communities known as the Changapa, who live in the high altitudes of the Himalayas and have sustainably reared cashmere goats for centuries. The artisans of Kashmir, both men and women, have mastered the craft of turning this raw but delicate fibre into gorgeous scarves.
4. How is a hand-spun cashmere scarf different from a machine-spun scarf?
The creation of an authentic Kashmir scarf involves two processes that are highly skill intensive, one of hand-spinning followed by that of hand-weaving. The art of hand-spinning is practiced by Kashmiri women but it is a dying craft on the verge of extinction. Though hand-spinning cashmere is integral to preserving the durability of cashmere, some manufacturers may use machine-spun cashmere to reduce costs.
5. How do I know I am buying an authentic Kashmir Pashmina?
Crafted in Kashmir is an authorized user of the ‘Kashmir Pashmina’ Geographical Indication. A Geographical Indication or GI is used internationally to indicate the place of origin and continued practice of a traditional craft. All our scarves are made of 100% cashmere fibers obtained from the Himalayan mountain goat (Capra Hircus) and are hand-spun and hand-woven by the artisans of Kashmir. We guarantee that each scarf is what it promises to be.
6. How does craft contribute to the micro-economy of Kashmir?
For us, a Kashmir scarf is more than a showcase of masterful craftsmanship. It stands for a locally designed and produced product embedded into a model of production vastly different from factory based mass-production. In a globalized world, it is a means of expressing culture and retaining difference.
House-hold level craft enterprises are the third largest employer in Kashmir generating sustained employment and offering a means of preserving cultural autonomy. In this way, ethically produced craft serves as a source of economic and cultural resilience for a community while connecting it to the world by way of a unique internationalism-one that is led by locals
7. What is the best way to care for my Kashmir scarf?
If cared for properly, our scarves can last a lifetime. They should be worn with care and stored in our signature boxes, which are designed to protect them. All scarves should be professionally dry-cleaned only and stored away from direct sunlight in a dry place. Please see the care instructions on the scarf.
8. What taxes and duties must I pay on receiving my order?
Within India, no taxes or duties are applicable on handcrafted kashmir pashmina purchased for personal use or to be given as gifts. Internationally, varying import duties and/or taxes are applicable on each order. Typically, we bill you all relevant taxes and duties at checkout so you can receive your order on time and without inconvenience.