With proper care, Pashminas can be used life long and we have encountered that this unique piece of fibre has been hand overed from generation to generation even in Royal and wealthy families. It is found to be most durable and cozy fibre suitable for human skin providing warmth and comfort.
Every year, the wool is collected and undergoes the spinning process done by hand. The fiber is spun on a spinning wheel also known as Charkha in local language. Before undergoing the spinning, raw material is treated by stretching and cleaning in order to remove all the dirt. Then it is soaked for a short duration (few days) in a blend of rice and water to give the extreme softness.
Hand-spinning is the most time taking and painstaking process that needs to be performed very carefully. Lots of dedication and patience is required during this procedure that is quite interesting to watch.
Pashmina wool is highly delicate for the vibration caused by the power looms. Therefore, weaving of the customary 100% Pashmina Shawls is done on hand looms. Weaving which is from itself an art is done using a shuttle. This procedure has been passed over from generations to generations. A single shawl takes about four days to weave on a handloom.
Like spinning, dyeing is also performed by hand. Azo-free and metal dyes are used during the process to make the complete eco-friendly shawls. Pure water is pumped up from deep under the surface. The dyeing is done at a temperature just less than the boiling point for around an hour.
Today, variety of pashmina shawls and scarves are available in the market designed by the professional experts taking into account the customer’s requirement and fashion trends. Fashion gurus declare it as the must-have outfit in the wardrobe. You can wear it in any of the modern style to get the alluring and eye-catching look on a variety of dresses. Soft texture, warmth, and beautiful designs are gaining the attention of fashion conscious not only in India but in foreign countries also.