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The Dictionary of Fashion History

Valerie Cumming, C. W. Cunnington and P. E. Cunnington

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  • Pashmina


Dictionary entry

Page: 150

(F, occasionally M)

Period: Late 1990s onwards.

An especially lightweight cashmere shawl. The term pashm is a Persian word denoting the finest underbelly fibres of Himalayan mountain goats, and the word “pashmina” was known in the UK in the mid-19th century as both the woven fabric and a shawl made from it. Modern versions, often with a warp of silk and a weft of cashmere, became popular in the late 1990s and are produced in many colours; some are embroidered and cheaper copies use cotton or viscose.