Pashmina is ultra-fine cashmere wool derived from mountain breeds of goat (Capra hircus). One distinct difference between Pashmina and generic cashmere is the fiber diameter. Pashmina fibers are finer and thinner (12–15 microns) than generic cashmere fiber (15–19 microns) and therefore ideal for making lightweight apparel like fine scarves. As the fiber diameter is very low, pashmina has to be hand-processed and woven into products such as shawls, scarves, wraps, throws, stoles, etc. However, the quality of a finished shawl is not solely dependent on the fiber diameter of the wool but also on the craftsmen's skills.
Pashmina came to be known as 'cashmere' in the West because Europeans first encountered this fiber in Kashmir. Today, however, the word "pashmina" is used indiscriminately, and many scarves made from natural or synthetic fiber are sold under the name "pashmina", creating confusion in the market. Genesis of The Living Fiber is an effort to re-surresuct the lost glory of fully natural and hand-processed pashmina products, and to clearly distinct industrial products from artisanal ones. The Living Fiber (natural ultra-fine Pashmina from Ladakh produced by nomads) is mostly sourced from the changthangi breed of goat and this breed constitutes less than 0.1% of global cashmere production. A huge amount of expert craftsmanship goes into creating The Living Fiber products and the rarity of the real pashmina wool makes our every single product as masterpiece.