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Genuine silk cashmeres date back to 15th Century India and were entirely handcrafted by weaving the finest silk fibers with the finest of wool fibers. It is believed that that Moghul rulers of the royal court first inspired and stimulated the production of luxury silk cashmere shawls by bringing Turkmenistan master weavers from the fabled Silk Road to the Vale of Kashmir in India, where sericulture was widespread. Known in the Urdu language as pashm or pashmina, the finest wool fibers come from the downy underfleece of the Kashmir goats. Only this soft undercoat of Kashmir goats is true cashmere. So silk pashmina is true silk cashmere.

By early 19th Century, the European demand for Kashmiri silk cashmeres was so high and the Indian supply so insufficient, that quick-shifting textile workshops in England, France, and in particular in Paisley, Scotland began producing mechanized woolen knock-off's called cashmere shawls. As a result, by 1870, the silk cashmere industry in India had virtually collapsed. Luckily, the craft survived as a small cottage industry.

Since the mid 90s, there has been a true resurgence of demand for silk cashmere by trendy Western shoppers all over, particularly for high-quality silk cashmere. Once again, the popularity of real silk cashmere is so enormous that in the last year or two, street peddlers from Vancouver, Canada to New York City have been hawking fake "100% cashmere and silk cashmere" fabrics that in reality are made of synthetic acrylic originating in the Far East. Buyer beware!

Genuine silk cashmeres are prized by wearers, gift-givers, and travelers for their superb textures as well as for their unique luster, fineness, softness, smoothness, lightness, warmth, and comfort. Premium silk cashmere is also known for its beautiful drape. There is no other fabric or wool like it.

Exclusive Silk Cashmere by ROYAL SILK
Enjoy the sensuous softness of silk, the delicate warmth of cashmere, and the exquisite lightness of a butterfly's wing in luxurious silk cashmeres by Royal Silk. Hand-spun, hand-woven, and hand-dyed in a premium, moth-resistant blend of 30% Silk and 70% Cashmere Wool. Royal Silk is a world-famous brand known for genuine quality and affordable elegance. Satisfaction guaranteed or full merchandise refund.

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