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Pashmina shawls- Relevance for UPSC Exam

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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.

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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.

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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.

Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)

 

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.

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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.

 

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