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What is the history of the Pashmina shawl?

The Pashmina shawl is a type of shawl made from a type of fine cashmere wool known as pashmina. The name "pashmina" comes from the Persian word for wool, pashm, which is derived from the Sanskrit word pashm, meaning woolen fabric. The pashmina shawl has a long and rich history, dating back to the 15th century in Kashmir, India, where it was traditionally worn by royalty.

The shawl was originally made from the undercoat of the Changthangi goat, which is native to the high altitudes of the Himalayan Mountains. The goats produce a very fine, soft wool, which is ideal for keeping warm in the cold mountain climate. The wool is collected from the goats twice a year and is then hand-spun and woven into a fine, lightweight fabric.

Pashmina shawls have been popular throughout the centuries, being worn by royalty, celebrities, and fashionistas alike. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the shawl was often embroidered with intricate designs, making it a highly coveted item among the elite. During the late 20th century, the popularity of the shawl spread to the Western world, where it became a must-have accessory for many.

Today, the pashmina shawl is still popular and is often seen on the red carpet and in fashion magazines. It is still made from the same fine cashmere wool and is available in many colors and styles. The shawl remains a timeless piece of fashion that can be worn for both casual and formal occasions.

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