Pashmina Production

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    • Recently, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has roped in 4 Khadi Institutions from Varanasi & Ghazipur districts in Uttar Pradesh for processing Raw Pashmina wool and weaving it further into the woollen fabric. 
      • This is the first-ever attempt to introduce the heritage craft of Pashmina weaving outside J&K and familiarize the artisans in the rest of India with this unique art.

    About Pashmina 

    • The word Pashmina comes from the Persian word ‘Pashm’ which means ‘soft gold.
    • Pashmina comes from an animal fibre Cashmere, derived from the Changthangi goat of Ladakh. 
    • It is indigenous to the high altitude regions of Leh-Ladakh and Jammu & Kashmir.
    • It is well known for its warmth, lightweight, and softness in addition to its characteristic dye absorbing property. 
    • Pashmina has been accredited by the Guinness Book of World Records for being the costliest cloth in the world.
    • Pashmina wool, the finest version of cashmere and it is thinner than human hair and highly prized in the international market.
    • Usage : 
      • It is known for its use in beautiful shawls and other handmade items.

    Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC)

    • It is a statutory body established under the Khadi and Village Industries Commission Act, 1956. It functions under the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
    • Objectives:
    • The social objective of providing employment
    • The economic objective of producing saleable articles
    • The wider objective of creating self-reliance amongst the poor and building up a strong rural community spirit

    Source: PIB