Who Was Zain-Ul-Abidin?

pashmina shawl

"Fiber of Kings"
has a long and prestegious history that goes back into
the 15th Century.

The founder of shawl industry in Kashmir was King Zain-ul-Abidin who actually taught this art of shawl making to the people of Kashmir by getting experts from Turkistan to Kashmir over hundreds of years ago. Since then this art is being performed from generations over generations. Pashmina “the king of fibers”. It derives its name from Pashm which means Soft Gold. This luxurious fiber commands higher price among all natural fibers, because of warmth and lightness. Pashmina is considered the finest craftsmanship in the world which transforms the exceptionally warm and delicate Cashmere threads to opulent accessories. The fleece of Changthangi Goat is known as Pashm which is an Urdu word & has origins in Farsi. This goat is exotic and is only found there, 15000 feet above sea level in Ladakh – Jammu and Kashmir, making the art of Pashmina even rarer and revered all over the world. Pashmina has fascinated kings, royals, and people all over the world by its magical allure and a traditional grace. Perhaps this was the reason why we chose to showcase the exquisiteness and regal demeanour of this centuries old art to thePashmina refers to a fine variant of spun cashmere, the animal-hair fibre forming the downy undercoat of the Changthangi goat.

Ghiyas-ud-Din Zain-ul-Abidin was the eighth sultan of Kashmir. He was known by his subjects as Bod Shah. The first 35 years of his reign are described by Jonaraja in the Rajatarangini Dvitiya, while the subsequent years are described by his pupil, Srivara, in the Rajatarangini Tritiya.

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