Nepal Pashmina Industry was shaky till before some years. This was because Indian Pashmina Manufacturer & Exporters started buying pashmina wool from Nepal without trademark. Because of mass production in a way Nepal Pashmina Industry set decline past some years. But finally Nepal Pashmina Manufacturers Association (NPMA) received the confirmation of registration of trademark and thus suppose to pick up Pashmina Industry.
Pashmina manufacturers of Nepal have managed to register pashmina as a trademark in Norway. This is the first instance of Nepalese producers succeeding in getting international patent rights in pashmina. The registration has established pashmina as a typical Nepalese product. It defined pashmina items as commodities that have well-defined material content and traits. Nepal Pashmina Manufacturers Association (NPMA) received the confirmation of registration of trademark from the Norwegian authorities few weeks ago and they expect same from Australian authorities in a month. Nepalese manufacturers had sent their applications for an international trademark to Australia, the US, the EU, Canada, Japan and China in December last year. The registration is likely to help regain the lost market of pashmina in western countries which has slowed down in the last few years.
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Pashmina is of pure Nepal/ Tibet mountain goat wool (changra & Bheda). First of all goat/ Sheep raw wool used to be collect than purified for making pashmina thread. There are different Pashmina products like Pashmina scraf, Pashmina stole, Knetting Pashmina, Embroidered Pashmina, Printed Pashmina etc. Pashmina products was once fashion of late princess Diana of England too. Pashmina fashion wears are both for ladies and gents like Pashmina Shawls, Pashmina Scarf, Pashmina Polover, Pashmina Muffler, Pashmina Hat, Pashmina Gloves, Pashmina Socks. Nepal produce 100% Pashmina, 100% silk, 100% cotton, 100% acqurlic, 100% viscuse, 100% raw silk, 100% PSY (Polyster, Silk, Synthetic ), 70-30% Pashmina with silk, 50-50% Pashmina with silk. Nepal Pashmina is truly fashionable and for winter wear. Pashmina wears are soft to feel and warm. Visit : http://www.nepalartshop.com/pashmina.php
Pashmina Clothing : Nepal Fashion Wear
Early 1800s, it was the French, under Napoléon Bonaparte, who came to India on a conquest and fell in love with these goods, so much that they stocked up on several thousand Kashmiri shawls and had them shipped off to Europe. Napoléon’s wife, Empress Josephine of France then initiated a full-fledged cashmere trade and in the ensuing years, Victorian England adopted the trend as well.
Producing areas were thus initially confined to the Himalayan region, chiefly in the Gobi Desert area of Mongolia, and Nepal’s role in this trade was significant right from the beginning. The goats, of a special breed that is prevalent only in high altitudes, are found aplenty in the mountainous regions of the country. The under-fleece of the goat’s fur, that is meant to protect it against the harsh weather conditions, is of a particularly supple texture, and it is this inner wool that goes into the making of Pashmina. In the past, nomadic tribesmen would comb it out, by hand, to smoothen it. “The scarcity of this fiber is made clear by the fact that it requires wool from three goats to produce enough yarn for one sweater” What is most enticing is probably the warmth of the fabric, despite its delicate appearance. The fibers are between 13 to 17 microns in diameter, and when constructed into fine yarns, they make for highly-adaptable and elegant accessories. While natural pashmina would come in either grey, brown or white, it can be dyed into any desired color – available in bright accents of blue, green and pink for the stylish. But, of course, it is still the pastel hues that are most attractive. Shawls, stoles, scarves, sweaters and mufflers in pashmina have been in circulation for ages and women especially can be seen donning these at parties. The fabrics can be accentuated with beading or embroidery or the latest fad – graduated colors.
Pashmina business reached its peak in the mid 90s, and soon, it was blended with other fabrics to achieve variety. The silk-pashmina combination was developed first in Nepal; not only did it enhance the sheen and durability of the fiber, but it also brought about a marked reduction in prices, thereby making it affordable to a larger group of people. This new blend rose to popularity around the world, and in the years between 1999 and 2000, textile industries in the country that were practically closed down because of lack of business, were instantly rejuvenated and back on their feet. But despite its staying power, the cost of pashmina garments is expected to remain more or less the same. A combination of traditional workmanship and stylish sublimity, a piece of history interwoven into elegant designs, pashmina is perhaps one of the warmest, softest, most exquisite indulgences money could buy.
Pashmina Clothing Fiber
There are five basic steps to making pashmina – Collection, Sorting, Dehairing, Spinning and Weaving. The Asiatic goats (Capra Hircus Laniger) produce a double fleece, comprising of a coarse protective outer coating and a softer inner coating. These mammals usually molt during the spring season for several weeks, and it is then that the wool is collected, mostly by raking a comb through the fleece and pulling tufts of hair from the animal. Hand-sorting occurs next, where the material is combed through again to remove the coarse hairs. “After sorting, the fiber must be washed to remove grease, dirt and any vegetable matter that it might have gathered during the extraction of the wool”. The scoured material is then de-haired, which again attempts to remove the small particles of coarse hair that remain. This is more or less a mechanical process, meant to ensure that the “cashmere” so obtained is completely pure. The outer coating isn’t discarded immediately, however; it can be used to make brushes and interlinings. Once free of all impurities, the fiber is ready to be spun into yarns and woven into shawls or other products on handlooms or knitted into sweaters. It can also be combined on a warp with spun silk (generally in a 70% pashmina to 30% silk ratio) and other materials. 50/50 pashmina-silk mix is currently the most popular, while the 70/30 variety is also preferred by customers because of its luster and strength. But we’ve noticed that it is the 100% pashmina shawls and accessories that are most in demand, primarily because these products are extremely light and warm.
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