MADE WITH LOVE AND CARE
Our products are made with utmost care and highest quality pashmina in the heart of the Kashmir Valley, India. Our production process includes either handmade (handloom) or power loom (machine). A number of grades that are available in the market include 100% pashmina (absolutely hand woven in Kashmir), 100% pashmina (made on a power loom), and then the blended fabric that is 70-30 %, 50-50 % pashmina – silk respectively. A handmade product implies that the goats are hand sheared, the raw pashmina wool is sorted, de-haired, combed, de-tangled, washed and the wool is hand spun to get the wool yarn. And then it is woven to get the wool fabric called the shawl. The shawl is dyed by specialists called the rangrez using a method to create a number of colours from only 5 natural colours. Finally, the embroidery experts create a code or a pattern with complete designing details using a chalk or fabric pencil and the shawl is put on the handloom for hand woven embroidery to be done by the local craftsmen.
It does not finish here. A purazgar and rafugar are then employed to clean the knots and cut the loose threads from embroidery. This piece of art is then washed before it can sold and worn.
On the other hand, the thread can be spun on the machine and then used on the power loom to get the product. The picture gallery shows a few steps of the production process. Each handmade pashmina takes about a few weeks in production depending upon the size, kind and intricacy of work like kani, jamawar, full jaal, zari border, embroidery border, embroidery booti.
THE ROYAL FIBRE – PASHMINA (FIBRE FOR KINGS)
The “Pashmina” is the Persian word for “pashm” meaning finest wool fibre, the "soft gold"- king of fibres. Pashmina is also known as the "diamond fibre" and the "soft gold of high Asia". The cashmere and pashmina fibre is obtained from the underbelly of the Himalayan mountain goat that is found at an altitude of 12000-14000 ft and at a temperature of -40`C. It is a matter of fineness and quality that distinguishes Cashmere from pashmina. The pashmina fibre is 14-16 microns thick that makes it so soft. Pashmina is the crème de la crème of cashmere. Pashmina obtained from Ladakh is of two types Are and Topi of which Are is the finest quality and there is China pashmina from China and adjoining countries like Mongolia. The original Kashmir Pashmina is hand spun and hand woven, retrieved from Chang Thangi goat in Ladakh and is about 12-16 microns thick. The wool is obtained through natural shedding and shearing which is then graded for purity depending upon how white is the wool.
WEARING A PASHMINA
There are many traditional ways of wearing a pashmina but contemporarily, it is worn in many styles and fashion. It can be draped as below or as scarf and can be carried with an evening gown as well. It can be used during the day as well as in the evening to a party.
COMMITMENT AND RESPONSIBILITY
The furbox is committed to delivering the highest quality product in the stipulated time. We consider it our responsibility to bring the best of Kashmiri embroidery and craftsmanship to you.