This 100% cashmere blanket - woven by Aastha in Pokhara, Nepal - will keep you warm when you snuggle up on your couch for a cozy night home. 90 x 240 cm in size it is large enough to act as a large blanket.
The intricate yet subtle design of the cloth will look especially good on darker couches or beds.
Aastha is 26 years old and has been working as a weaver for 10 years. She and her family live in Pokhara, a city in central Nepal, 200km from the capital city of Kathmandu. Aastha weaves all her products from hand, spending up to three weeks on her products, depending on the pattern.
"When I weave, I feel connected to my ancestors. It's a priviledge to be continuing their craft and to carry it into the present and the future", Aastha says about her art.
These days, it is very difficult to find pure cashmere garments, as even international brands struggle to test products along their production chains. The exceptionally silky material is said to be three times as warm as wool and is known to be long-lasting.
Cashmere comes from a nomadic goat breed that produces hair fine enough to make the warm and soft fibre. This breed - known as ‘Chyangra’ in the local language - is found between Mongolia, Southwest China, Iran, Tibet, Northern India and Afghanistan.
These goats have very little fat to protect them in the winter from the cold arid plains, so they develop soft, fleecy fibres underneath their coat, on the underbelly. It is these hairs that make cashmere.
When the temperatures rise, the goats naturally shed their coats. That’s when producers comb out the fine hair, sort it by hand, clean and refine it. After spinning the wool - and sometimes dyeing it - it is ready to be used by Aastha and other weavers.
Weaving cashmere garments is an exquisite art, passed down through generations. For hundreds of years the skills have survived in the remote mountains: changra goats and their herders have been a part of the Himalayas, and Nepali women have spun yarn useful for their own use. Aastha has learned her skills from her mother and grandmother from an early age onwoards, taking many years to perfect them. It took Aastha 12 days to weave this beautiful blanket.
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