Pashmina is a type of fine cashmere wool and the textiles made from it and were first woven in India. The wool comes from changthangi or Pashmina goat, which is a special breed of goat indigenous to high altitudes of the Himalayas in India. Pashmina shawls are hand spun, woven and embroidered in Kashmir, and made from fine cashmere fibre.
Cashmere shawls have been manufactured in Kashmir for thousands of years. The test for a quality pashmina is warmth and feel. Pashmina and Cashmere are derived from mountain sheep. One distinct difference between Pashmina and Cashmere is the fibre diameter. Pashmina fibres are finer and thinner than cashmere fibre, therefore, it is ideal for making light weight apparel like fine scarves. Kashmir pashmina have been famous for centuries due to quality and products like plain pashmina, woven jamawars, embroidered pashmina.