Pashm Story: Pashmina Quality Test Through Chyangra Mark 2017-06-06T10:58:10+00:00

The Pashm Story

Pashm began as a weaving and dyeing workshop in 1992 by previous American designer-owner, David Muir, and has been carried by retailers Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom’s and boutiques across the world.

The early incarnation of Pashm functioned as a textile design studio and custom tailoring shop with a team of nine tailors, and an assortment of other staff. But eventually, we could not resist pashmina’s temptation. We closed the retail shop to devote ourselves to pashmina weaving and dyeing. Pashm was born.

We have been dedicated to making the highest quality pashmina products for over twenty years. We innovate, and adhere to the best aspects of pashmina weaving tradition. We gathered a core group of highly skilled weavers and dyers, who have pioneered our herringbone, diamond, and two-tone weave designs, and have set the standard of quality for your bespoke cashmere blanket, throw, scarf, or wrap.

Tiffany Renée

A former Petaluma Vice Mayor and outspoken advocate of Slow Fashion, Tiffany relaunched Pashm & Co in the fall of 2014 with a very simple but important belief — that fashion can be both beautiful and ethical, and can bring prosperity to where it’s needed most in the world. Tiffany holds a Permaculture Design Certificate through Daily Acts, an MA from California Institute of Integral Studies with a focus in Integral Ecology, and a BA in Women’s Studies from Mills College. She is a 2007 Fellow of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and Economy. She frequently speaks on Local Economy and Regenerative Businesses.

For Pashm & Co., it’s all about feeling beautiful inside and out — ‘Cashmere with Soul’ — providing the world with exceptional handcrafted Chyangra® cashmere garments, to the benefit of the Himalayan people.

Tiffany Renee

Real Pashmina – Hand-loomed

Chyangra cashmere pashmina goat


What is the difference between Cashmere and Pashmina?

The term pashmina came from India. Pashmina is popularly known in the west as cashmere, from the old spelling for Kashmir. There is no difference, except real pashmina is known for being handwoven. The fine goat hair comes from the undercoat of the Himalayan mountain goat and, for over a thousand years, has been hand-woven into shawls and blankets. Many think cashmere is wool, but according to the industry, it’s really a fine hair.

For many centuries Kashmir was the only place the fiber could be woven into shawls, but today most of the world’s real pashmina shawls are woven on handlooms in Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley. Most are woven on a warp of spun silk for increased suppleness and strength. In recent years this silk and cashmere blend has become the darling of the western fashion world because it adds a nice shimmer to the weave. The cashmere blanket throw has become the sought after homegood accessory for cozy days curling up with a book and cup of chai tea.

Sadly, much of what’s being sold as “pashmina” these days is woven on machine looms with low-quality cashmere or other angora — to those with a less discerning eye. We are here to change that and protect the legacy of hand-loomed quality and skill.

Chyangra Tag: Cashmere Quality Test

What is real pashmina?

Our products carry the official Chyangra Pashmina Mark from Nepal Pashmina Industries Association (NPIA) as confirmation you are purchasing the finest, authentic Pashmina cashmere. To obtain the Chyangra Pashmina Mark, we purchase our cashmere yarn from reputable sellers and perform an official pashmina quality test to ensure only the highest quality fibers are used in weaving these soft Himalayan cashmere scarves.

The pashmina fiber used by Pashm—from the Chyangra Himalayan mountain goat in the high arid regions of Western Tibet, is considered to be among the finest in the world. The Tibetan Plateau provides the ideal environment for pashmina growth. The fiber is exceptionally absorbent, and it dyes very easily and deeply.

Our yarns are simply the highest quality available—not used by other manufacturers. While lower quality shawls also contain wool and/or angora fibers, brushed to raise the nap, the longer fibers of our cashmere result in a softer, more buoyant and supple shawl. To protect the pashmina story, only buy pashminas that carry the offical Chyangra Mark, proof of a pashmina quality test.

Changra Pashmina Tag