Pashmina shawls- Relevance for UPSC Exam
- GS Paper 2: Governance, Administration and Challenges- Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.
Pashmina shawls- Context
- Recently, the Centre For Excellence (CFE) has taken a new initiative in J&K to restore the lost glory of Pashmina shawls.
Pashmina shawls- Key features of the Initiative
- The CFE initiative aims to double the wages and ensure round-the-year orders of Pashmina Shawls.
- Expected Benefits:
- Likely to see the re-engagement of women artisans in a critical production process of the world-famous hand-made Pashmina shawls.
- Providing employment to Kashmiri women in the sector whose numbers has dwindled significantly over the years.
Pashmina shawl- Key Features
- About Pashmina Shawls: are a fine variant of shawls spun from cashmere wools which is obtained from the Changthangi goat, native to the high plateau of Ladakh.
- Pashmina Shawls are known for its softness.
- Pashmina Shawl has been a status symbol not just for the wealthy in Indian but even across the world.
- Changthangi goats are generally domesticated and reared by nomadic communities called the Changpa in the Changthang region of Greater Ladakh.
- The Changthangi goats have revitalized the economy of Changthang, Leh and Ladakh region.
BIS Certification for Pashmina Shawl
- In 2019, the Bureau of India Standards (BIS) published an Indian standard for identification, marking and labelling the Pashmina Shawls for their purity.
- Key Benefits: This may result in the following benefits-
- help curb the adulteration of Pashmina.
- Protecting the interests of local artisans and nomads who are the producers of Pashmina raw material.
- Ensuring assured purity of pashmina shawls to customers
- Promoting employment by encouraging more young individuals to take up this profession.
About Centre For Excellence (CFE)
- Establishment: The Centre For Excellence (CFE) has been set up by shawl trader Mujtaba Kadri, who owns the ‘Me&K’ brand and Aadhyam-Aditya Birla Group at the old city’s Narwara area.
- Objective: to restore the lost hand-driven processes involved in the intricate shawl weaving industry in Jammu and Kashmir area.