Our cashmere wool originates from the Capra Hircus goat, or CHYANGRA in Nepalese, which lives in cold and barren regions where temperatures subside to 30 degrees below zero Celsius. The goats grow the softest, finest and warmest wool fibers, providing an excellent natural insulation in this frigid climate. From this luxurious wool, also known as 'the diamond fiber', the pashmina shawls are woven.
The Chyangra Pashmina Trademark guarantees the genuine quality of the Nepalese handcrafted pashmina. 'Chyangra' is the name of the goat to which we are indebted for the exclusive cashmere. In 2011 the quality trademark was officially registered by the Nepalese government and meanwhile has been recognized in more than 41 countries. Each trademark consists of a hologram with a unique serial number. To qualify for the use of the Chyangra Pashmina Trademark, manufacturers must comply with stringent quality standards. The trademark does not only guarantee the quality of the raw materials, but also assures the quality of the manufacturing process, the production environment, the use of skilled employees and the exclusion of child labour.
Nepal is famous for its handmade pashminas. For generations Nepalese craftsmen have known the art of manufacturing pashmina shawls. In Kathmandu Valley the small-scale family enterprise of our supplier is situated, specialized in the manufacturing of these refined shawls. With great dedication and expertise the pashminas are manually fabricated under continuous supervision on the quality.
Every spring, when the goats naturally shed their winter coat, Chyangra farmers collect the cashmere wool. The soft wool is obtained from the downy undercoat of the goat's neck and underbelly. For the making of pashminas, only the finest wool fibers measuring 16,5 microns and under (6 times finer than human hair) are qualified. Our pashminas are made of the finest wool fibers, ranging from 15.5 microns for the 55% Cashmere/45% Silk Pashmina to barely 15 microns for our most delicate shawl, the 100% Cashmere Pashmina in 1Ply.
The cashmere wool is spun by hand on a spinning wheel, the 'Charkha'. A painstaking process, which requires great patience and dedication of the spinners. With great expertise and skill the pashminas are then being woven on traditional handlooms. An exquisite art, passed down through generations. Finally the shawls are one by one immersed in a dye bath to obtain its beautiful color.
Cashmere is meant to last. Because of its delicateness, cashmere needs to be taken proper care of. We recommend dry-clean only for your pashmina. Alternatively you can air your pashmina. Steaming with a steam iron is allowed without direct contact with the fabric. This is the best guarantee for your pashmina.
Pilling is a natural attribute of every kind of wool, including cashmere. Pilling is by no means a sign of inferior quality. When wearing a pashmina, friction occurs. Little balls of fluff build up over time and appear on the surface. To remove the pills, you can make use of a special cashmere comb.
Always store your pashmina in a ziplock cotton bag to keep moths away.