Every Pashmina is Cashmere but every Cashmere is not Pashmina
Published Date: 2017-09-03
Go shopping a cashmere product, you shall find varieties of textiles with the terms “Pashmina” or “Cashmere”. Buy any shawl or scarf, you shall hear about Pashmina all over, the price of which ranges from cheap to very expensive category. Cashmere fibres are obtained from the undercoat of Himalayan goats—Chyangra (In Nepali). Both of these terms are pretty similar; the word ‘cashmere’ is the western term for ‘Pashmina’. Generally, Pashmina fibre is finer with the quality of premium standard in comparison to cashmere. This is why you never hear ‘Pashmina Sweater’ but a ‘Pashmina Shawl’.
Pashmina fibres are collected during the winter season from the goats at Highland. However, though the fibres of cashmere are also obtained from the undercoat of goats, the cashmere fibres are obtained from the subspecies of mountain goats. Pashmina is finer to touch and more thin and smooth in comparison to cashmere. Because of its thinness, weaving the fibres of Pashmina requires more attention and care. The diameter of Pashmina fibre ranges from 10-16 microns whereas that of the cashmere range from 16-19 microns. In addition, you can get the Pashmina fibre from 80 to 170 grams in particular season from particular mountain goats. Much more refined version is Pashmina from Cashmere. Due to the very limited availability of Pashmina fibres and its supply being limited to specific areas of the world, the cost of Pashmina product is pretty high. There are over 400 million goats that can produce Cashmere in the world, but the number of goats for Pashmina fibres is very low.
Making Pashmina products in Nepal has been started since thousands of years. Nepali Pashmina is considered the most qualitative item across the world. The Pashmina from Nepal is popular as Chyangra Pashmina. Cashmere is produced in the countries like Afghanistan, China, Iran, Mongolia, Turkey and other central Asian countries. While, Pashmina is exclusively produced in India, Nepal, and Pakistan. It is important to know that the cashmere fibres can be woven with hand and also could be woven via machine. Whereas, Pashmina is hand oven mostly. This might have given you some insights about how every Pashmina is cashmere but every cashmere is not Pashmina. In Nepal, producing Pashmina products goes through traditional procedures; and one cannot afford to make any sort of mistakes during the production cycle, as it is too expensive.
The names “Cashmere” and “Pashmina” are actually specific to the particular clothing items. You would hear about a Cashmere sweater, and a Pashmina scarf, but not a Pashmina sweater and a cashmere scarf. Kanchan Cashmere is a leading manufacturer of cashmere products in Nepal providing the quality cashmere products to customers across the world since years. We are the synonym of quality cashmere products and have been trusted by clients, which we have aimed to maintain by supply the best quality product with convenient services possible. By now you have understood that every Pashmina is cashmere but every cashmere is not Pashmina, for more information about it, do not hesitate to contact us.