Whenever you are planning for winter shopping, one or two Cashmere items must be in the wish list. However, many times, it remains in the wish list because we cannot afford it. The reason is that the Cashmere or Pashmina is considered as the most expensive woolen of the world. Buying the Cashmere Shawls is often like an investment. Once you buy one item, then it will add to the family heirloom list.
Many people wonder why Cashmere is so expensive. If you see an original Pashmina wool blanket in the shop, it comes with a hefty price tag. If you also want to know what is so special about this material, then here we discuss all the secrets, myths, and facts that make the cashmere the most expensive woolen of all time.
- The Origin Of Cashmere Wool: The exclusiveness of the fiber starts from the very initial stage of making the wool. Firstly, the wool, like any other woolen yarn, is not made of the hair of the sheep. The cashmere wool is the soft undercoat of a special breed of sheep residing in the higher plateau of Himalaya.
In the area where you can find the Changthengi goat, the temperature in winter goes down to -40°C. To survive in the extreme cold, the goats develop soft undercoats that help them to protect in the winter. When the spring season comes, they shed the wool naturally.
The local people collect the naturally shredded hair of the goats only once in a year. The amount of the hair is very less as you can get only six to eight-ounce of hair from a fully grown up. It takes the hair of four goats to make a two-ply Cashmere Shawl. The scarcity of the main material well explains the reason for making it a posh item.
- The Collection and Segregation of Cashmere Wool: The collection of the hair is also a specialized job for which you need local people who can chase the goats to collect the wool. After the collection, they have to remove the dirt and then segregate the wool according to the quality.
- Hand Spinning: As Cashmere is a natural fiber, it is very soft and tender in nature. That’s why; the authentic yarn is made by hand-spinning only. There is no machine work involves in the making of pure Cashmere Shawls. The local artisans do it with utmost love and care to shape the wool from the hair.
- Hand Weaving: As we told, there is no machine works for original Cashmere, the local artisans do the weaving by their hand only. It takes 5 to 7 days to weave a Pashmina Wool Blanket. The process is very indicating and the craftsmen follow their traditional way of weaving generation after generation.
- Embroidery: The Cashmere Shawls are famous for the embroidery work also. There are so many different types of hand embroideries like Kani, Kantha, Aari, and Zardouzi available on the shawls. Depending on the design, it takes 1 month to 1 year to complete the design of the shawl.