The authentic Pashmina shawls come from Nepal, India and Inner Mongolia. The cashmere goats in Nepal are dwindling so Nepal too oftentimes relies on the cashmere raw yarn coming in from Inner Mongolia that rear the cashmere goats in plentiful for this purpose and have a thriving cashmere Industry. Nepal has expertise in this area and the Pashmina Cashmere Industry is struggling to survive. Manufacturers are producing pure cashmere shawls, cashmere silk shawls and many grades of them too. Also these days consumers are sometimes treating Pashmina as a brand name. Women today find the authentic Pashmina expensive - they can afford a few for special occasions but for stocking up in different colors for all the seasons and for gifts they want to buy more affordable shawls. The trend seems to be towards silk blends. The sheen and easy drape are appealing.
The paisley silk pashmina from Scotland became very popular as it was mass produced in this paisley design. This design also called “boteh” design in India that originated from the moghul empire time period in India and at one point these paisley shawls were exclusive and expensive. Today you can get paisley shawls and wraps for any budget high and low as manufacturer’s are making shawls to suit the demand. The Pashmina silk blends which are relatively inexpensive seem to have caught the fancy of women looking for mid - priced shawls. Now it seems Pashmina has become a household name. Women want inexpensive shawls as the logic behind this is that not every woman can afford a shawl that is pricey especially for daily wear or an informal evening get together. Depending on their budget woman can shop many yarns that are more affordable like satin shawls, lace net wraps, silk shawls, wool shawls in solid and paisley flowery weaves.