Cashmere goats are found only at very high altitudes in Kashmir.
Collecting the cashmere wool
Gently removing the hair from the cashmere goat with a special comb
Combing the wool
The wool is carefully combed and separated.
Sifting through the cashmere wool
The next step is to sift through the rough, outer hair (called “guard hair”) and separate it from the soft, inner hair. The wool is stretched carefully.
Cashmere wool is hand spun because it is very delicate.
A cashmere wool spinner
Drying the yarn
Copper rods used to dry and sort the yarn.
Natural, undyed cashmere yarn
Traditional hand looms are used to weave pashmina yarn.
A shuttle is thrown from left to right during the weaving process.
A hand spun striped Pashmina
A hand spun striped pashmina created on a hand loom
After the fabric is taken from the loom it is immediately washed in a herbal soap. Dyeing is then carried out by hand on each individual yarn using azo free dyes.
Hand spun Pashmina Stripes
A finished hand spun pashmina