Until recently, there were few things in life I coveted more than pashmina. Today, however, I learned what a Shahtoosh shawl is. Originally, Shahtoosh shawls were called “pleasure of the kings” because they were so soft and fine they could pass through the hole of a wedding ring. Whereas, pashmina is made from the undercoat of Mongolian Goats, Shahtoosh comes from the fur of Tibetan Antelope, which are very rare and live at extremely high altitudes. The sensation of touching a shahtoosh shawl is like rubbing your cheek along the fine down on a newborn baby’s head. Delicious. Where can one find these treasures you ask? AHILYA. Based in London, designer Manuela Moollan combines the 100 year old techniques of Kashmiri weavers and commissions modern artists (ie. Lela Shields ) to create shawls that are exquisitely soft and beautifully designed. They have recently launched an eshop where you can purchase their scarves online (shop.ahilya.com).
What could be better than pashmina?
Posted on August 10th, 2010
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