The cashmere pashmina shawl is just a wrap-over which comes in rectangular or a square like form. It is used by both the genders and it is quite big to be worn over the shoulders. It is at times even used to cover the head or to just cover the arms and the upper body.
This shoulder-mantle, which is commonly called so are used across the globe and is named in different languages which sound similar to ‘shawl’. For instance, the Albanian call it ‘Shall’, the French call it ‘Chale’, the German call it ‘Schal’, the Italian call it ‘Scialle’, the Romanian, Slovak and the Slovenian call it ‘Sal’.
Let us learn more about the different aspects of these Cashmere Pashmina Shawls.
The cashmere pashmina shawl is made in Kashmir occupy an unsurpassed position amongst the textile commodities. The unwanted base coat of the Changthangi goats or the Tibetan goats is used in the making of a cashmere pashmina. The fibre which is a product of the leftover base coats is used in this process. And these shawls are spun using five yarns made with the fibres. These goats are also recognised as ‘Changra’ goats and they originate in the tall mountain ranges of Tibet. The Orenburg goats and the Mongolian goats are the other known breeds of goats who serve as resources for making of the pashminas.
The Quality Determiners of Pashmina
The staple length and the fibre diameter are the two chief determinants of the quality of a cashmere pashmina shawl. The fibre should measure between 13-20 microns. A massive amount of infinitesimal air-pockets gets produced when these superior fibres are spun into thread and these air pockets provide the fabric with its astonishing warmness and smoothness.
Shawls were Used by the Noblemen
The usage of shawls became prominent initially among ladies in the west in the 19th century but the fact is that these shawls were in use very long time ago in different forms. The noblemen used ‘do-shala’, a type of shawl which was a lengthy covering woven on the shoulders. The beautiful mystery behind the weaving of ‘do-shala’s’ still lies unanswerable.
Different Forms of Shawls
The cummerbunds, otherwise known as ‘Shamla’, are kind of a strap for the waist and it was common among the Asians.
‘Rumal’ otherwise ‘qasaba’ are worn by women and normally takes the form of a square.
Jamawar is a particular kind of shawl or a stole produced in Kashmir. Earlier, Jamawars were handmade but now with all advancements, they come in printed forms and are machine-made. The handmade Jamawars are very expensive when compared to the machine-made ones. ‘Angarkha’, ‘Choga’, and ‘Atamsukh’ are some of the other shawls that were used by men.
‘Kani’ is an extraordinary embroidery method which is accepted even today for its meticulousness and exquisiteness. The designs are programmed using today’s supercomputers but the rest stand handmade.
So the concept of shawls and stoles dates back to the past. They have taken various forms right from the beginning and are still shaping to meet the trend. A cashmere shawl is generally machine-made now but are meticulously done as in the former times unless you buy a cashmere pashmina or a handmade 100% pure cashmere pashmina from Pashminas and Wraps.