What is Pashmina?

What is the origin of the word “pashmina,” and why is it called “cashmere” in the Western world?


Pashmina, derived from the Persian word “pashm” meaning raw wool, denotes the luxurious fabric crafted from this exquisite material. Originating from the regions of Ladakh and Kashmir, artisans skillfully weave it into stunning shawls renowned for their softness and warmth. In Western culture, it is often referred to as “cashmere,” owing to its discovery in Kashmir by Europeans.