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CaPra Hircus pashmina Cashmere goats in Ladakh

7 steps of the Pashmina making process


The making of a Pashmina requires an infinite patience and an ancestral know-how to give life to an exquisite shawl with an unequalled quality. Discover now the making process of a real pashmina.



Pashmina
pʌʃˈmiːnə

· Pashmînah پشمينه comes from the Persan term pašm ‘wool’; or woolen material
· Very fine and warm wool from Himalaya’s goats - Tchang-ra "Capra hircus" – and wooven to make shawl





Florenz: Pashmina cashmere hand spinning in Kashmir

3.SPINNING

The Pashm fiber is spun by hand to make the yarn finest as possible.Women hand spin the yarn on a spinning wooden wheel locally known as Charkha. Hand-spinning requires immense patience, dexterity and dedication.This painstaking gesture and skills are passed down over generations from mother to daughter.



Florenz: Dyeing pashmina and block printing the design guide for embroidery

5.DYEING & PRINTING

Dyeing is done by hand. The Master dyer will first elaborate the color with quality pigment and dye the pashmina using colored baths of hot water. Afterward, the shawl will be block printed . The design pattern will serve as a guide for the embroidery and needle works.



Florenz: Lace Inlaying pashmina cashmere shawl

7.LACE INLAYING

Lace inlayed to cashmere shawl require Haute Couture skills, a rare dexterity and a rich technical metier often learn from the renowned parisian Maisons. The lace trim is cut firstly by hand to be inlaid within the shawl. The extreme difficulty is to stitch the lace inset and the cashmere fabric without fraying while guaranteeing invisible finishes.

Florenz Calais lace comes from France and is exclusively inlayed in a Madrid Atelier to guarantee a rare and perfect Haute Couture finishing.