In the fashion world an item that is trending today can become faux pas tomorrow but which stand the test of time become immortalized and Kashmir Pashmina is one such item that has stand the test of times and become immortalized. Pashmina was popularized by French princess Empress Josephine of France, who was gifted first piece of Pashmina shawl by her husband Napolean. Pashmina soon became a symbol of fashion for people living across the Europe. Since then, both Pashmina shawls and stoles have become a must have item for the most of the fashion aficionados. Elegant and fabulous hand embroidered stoles easily find place in the wardrobe of rich and royal families.
Pashmina, a fine cashmere wool, comes from Kashmir in India and some parts of Nepal. Made from the Persian word Pashmineh meaning made from wool. This wool comes from either a Changthangi goat or a Pashmina goat, which are special goat breed indigenous to the high altitude regions of Nepal and India. The fabric is extremely finer, smooth and soft to feel and despite being a thin fabric it can provide tremendous warmth to the body. This is because the fine fabric of Pashmina stoles allow minimal or no passage to external air when wrapped around the body and thus help to keep the body warm in the chilling cold climate.
The skillful art of weaving Pashmina stoles and shawls is passed down to generations as a source of livelihood. Designs on pashmina stoles are handwoven and Kashmiri needle work brings out the essence of the fabric that holds the design together. A good Pashmina wrap requires skillful support for turning, weaving and creating embroidery. Pashmina being the softest and warmest fibers in the world turn out to be a perfect choice for stoles. It is really impossible not to fall in love with this elegant and luxurious fashion accessory woven by expert weavers of Kashmir. The elegant and fabulous Pashmina stole is an extremely versatile and luxurious accessory that one must have. Imparting an ultimate warmth and luxury, women can wrap this handwoven Pashmina stole as shoulder wraps and can even snuggle under in the cold evening.