Lady wearing a Kashmir Shawl Pashmina shawls aren't just pieces of fabric. They have a rich history dating all the way back to the 14th century, with Sultan, Moughal, Badshah and European nobles patronising them. Known all over the world as Cashmere Wool. Pashmina comes from a special goat "CAPRA HIRCUS" which lives at an altitude of 12000 to 14000 feet, where there is little vegetation and has an extremely cold winter. Nature blessed them with a very thin, short inner coat of hair which is the best natural insulation in the world. This inner coat of hair is pashmina. Kashmiri women who patiently pick out every corse hair and then hard spin it into yarn.