Pashmina (also known as Pashm) is a fine cashmere wool, coming from Kashmir in India and some parts of Nepal. The word ‘Pashmina’ comes from the Persian word ‘Pashmineh’ which means ‘made from Pashm’, and Pash means wool in Persian. The Iranians, who came to Kashmir via the Ladakh route, gave the fabric its name, ‘Pashmina’.
There are two wonderful shops where you can buy genuine Ladakhi goods, both at very fair prices where you don’t have to bargain. Nomadic Woolen Mills sells really fine Ladakhi pashmina (which is just another word for cashmere).