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High up in the distant Himalayas grazing animals deadpan. They are covered with a thick and long hair that are often difficult to recognize in these goats. Locals call them Changthang or chuangra Europeans simply styledcashmere goats or stoneScience calls Capra hircus laniger. What allows these horny creatures do not freeze, living on mountain tops, down there, becomes the object of adoration fashionistas from around the world.
Every year, on the eve of the icy winter, stone goat grows light and warm undercoat, which vychesyvaya in the spring, the shepherds gather raw materials for the manufacture of cashmere, one of the most valuable in the world of materials. But the main areas on the body chuangra considered underbelly and neck. It was there that grows very thin, light and warm wool, from which subsequently madepashmina - An elite grade of cashmere, consisting of raw materials is not thicker than 14 microns (six times thinner than a human hair!). Cashmere various qualities make knitted and woven products. The most famous, not to say the cult among the last - Pashmina shawls, known under the same name.
It comes from the Persian wordpashmMeaning "wool". Todaypashmina - Is a fashionable definition, almost treydmark. These shawls are made in Tibet and Nepal is an incredibly long time: according to some three thousand years ago, the ancestors of modern man sported a natural pashmina, which, of course, somewhat different from modern samples.
From Asia to the Middle East pashmina known since time immemorial - Maharajah, emperors and sultans bought for his court the best capes and shawls, which were used for ceremonial robes and handed down:with proper care pashmina can serve long enough. Of pastoral clothes this piece of clothing has become a truly royal: rulers posed for portraits in Pashmina is relevant to the time of design.
In Europefashion of pashminaAs usual, entered the French: during a victorious campaign against Egypt Napoleon Bonaparte received many gifts, including the finest exotic and warm shawl. He sent it to his wife Josephine de Beauharnais, who came in a real delight. In subsequent years, she began to gather a collection pashmin whose number finally exceeded one thousand pieces. Producers went guidance on color and pattern shawls - to match the latest fashion goods.
Today, stoles, shawls and scarves pashmina turned into a true must-have any fashionable wardrobe. The last two hundred years pashmina produced mainly in Nepal, the Kathmandu Valley. They spun by hand. Basic colors pashmina wool - white, gray and brown, but dyeing technology allow tissue to give any color or pattern. In modern manufacturing wool subjected to a special procedure to mitigate - you can buy a full, unmitigated pashmina, but it is considered less comfortable, it is more difficult to wrap up. Mitigation does not degrade the quality of the natural elite thread - it is the same fine and warm (pashmina almost 10 times warmer than sheep's wool!), But makes ready pashmina uniquely smooth and silky.
Often manufacturers makePashmina a mixture of wool and silk (in various proportions - from 80 to 20 and 50 to 50). It is a matter of personal preference, such pashmina is not considered a fake, but it is worth noting that the higher the percentage of wool, the more expensive product.Pashmina with the addition of silk lighter, has a spectacular light shine, lightly stretches and warms a little bit worse.
Stoles, shawls and scarves pashmina is available in different variations of thickness and size, the price can go up to several thousand dollars. The minimum cost of a small shawl, pashmina - about $ 35. Any enhancement of this unique wool - a wonderful gift and a thing at all times. Standard sizes of products: Scarf (31 to 175 cm), table or vrep (that Russian ladies often called "stole"; 71 to 200 cm) and a shawl (cloak; 92 200 cm). Ways of wearing pashmina is limited only by the imagination of the owner or the owner - men also appreciate the benefits of this subject.
Pashmina requires a simple but thorough care. The preferred dry cleaning, laundry can be carried out only as a last resort and in water at room temperature is too cold or hot water will break the structure of wool. Dry pashmina best way: first it should be wrapped in cotton towel tube, which absorbs water, and then gently expand and straighten.
Not to mention the fact that manufacturers often shawls cost slyly titled "pashmina", posing for it or cashmere accessories (not all cashmere pashmina wool is), or at all woven viscose (they write authentic viscose pashmina, just does not make sense). Heed to the choice and do not be fooled!
Women's magazine JustLady