Cult of Pashmina from ancient culture

It was 16th Century when Mughal emperors began to motivate the shawl industry and ever since that both the cleaning and the spinning process is handled by women in their homes. 

In 18th and 19th Century Cashmere shawls were made of “kanis’ or bobbins and hence they were called kanikars. Kani shawls from this period are amongst the most intricate, classy textiles ever created in the world. In 1853, one kani shawl ordered by the Empress of France took 30 men roughly nine months to complete. The most primitive on paper account of pashmina shawls comes from the Rajatarangiru of Srivara, a 15th-century Kashmiri text that discusses woolen fabric with fine woven designs. The Ain-i Akbari, an account from the Mughal period in Kashmir (1586-1752) states that the Emperor Akbar was a keen collector of kani shawls. In the later half of the 16th century, the shawl industry was well recognized in Kashmir. One of the first Europeans to notice these shawls was François Bernier, who lived in Kashmir from 1656 until 1668 as the private physician of the Mughal ruler Aurangzeb. Bernier provided some of the first, tantalizing descriptions of the designs and the soft, delicate texture of pashmina shawls, and the shawls themselves eventually began to find their way to France and England. In the opening of the 1800's, kani shawls were tremendously admired by chic women of Paris and London. Napoleon's wife, Josephine, was said to have collected nearly 1000 of them..