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Cashmere Couture: Cashmere in Western Culture

A vibrant red colored cashmere or pashmina wrap.
A map showing the regional boundaries of the Cashmere (Kashmir) region.

A map showing the regional boundaries of the Cashmere (Kashmir) region.

Cashmere- synonyms with luxury, soft and warm, beautiful and sophisticated; more than just a material- it’s a lifestyle.  A cashmere garment grants the wearer the power to feel unique- surrounded by warmth, beauty, and rarity; it always stands out in a crowd.  Cashmere is also a place; a land in India- tucked away in far north.  For centuries it was a place of mystery to Westerners; a place of exotic people, things, and practices.  The fabric first began to grace the bodies of rich Westerners in the 19th century- beginning in the Napoleonic era and gaining even more popularity during the Victorian age.

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