“OH MY GOD!!” was my instinctive reaction when I touched the cashmere shawl. I had not expected it to be that soft.
Hanging out at Mr. Ghulam’s little store in Pokhara, at first I enjoyed merely looking at the colourful textiles neatly stacking the shelves.
You see, I thought I knew cashmere. There was a phase when it was fashionable in Malaysia; there was ‘pashmina’ (another name for cashmere) everywhere. Nice wide shawls, usually with some kind of paisley pattern. They were cheap, sometimes going for lower than $10.
“It’s very nice…” Nuraini said, looking at the photo I had sent.
“Yea… it’s a beautiful place…!” I murmured quietly. It was a view of the Kashmiri Himalayas, mostly bare of snow, but with the tops still lathered with white. “Where the bridge is, this is Dursuma. This is just after Wayul-"
“Wayul? Is that like, a region? or village?”
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