The Ethical Cashmere Blog — Kashmir

Shopping for High Quality Cashmere in Srinagar

Nuraini Arsad Kashmir

Shopping for High Quality Cashmere in Srinagar

But I was curious. Perhaps tourists to Dal Lake are on a budget, so the merchants may simply be trying to match their price range. I happened to travel with my best cashmere scarf with me at the time, so I brought it out and asked the merchant whether he had any that were like this

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COVID19 in Kashmir & Nepal

Nuraini Arsad Kashmir Nepal

COVID19 in Kashmir & Nepal

But if Ethical Cashmere is to be authentic, I had to do what a Himalayan business person would. Would it help our weavers if I added something? And that was when he confessed that our weavers didn't have enough to buy food in lockdown. 

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Kashmir's Co-operative Communities of Women Weavers

Nuraini Arsad about weavers ethical Kashmir

Kashmir's Co-operative Communities of Women Weavers

“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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Finding a New Home in Nepal

Nuraini Arsad Kashmir Nepal origin story

Finding a New Home in Nepal

During the 90s, the situation in Kashmir became worse, so my dad decided to move out because there were no tourists coming. So he didn't have any work as a guide. And a second thing, as a carpet weaver, he also didn't have a lot of work, because the situation was getting really bad in Kashmir at the time.

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The English Botanist and the Shikaras of Nigeen Lake

Nuraini Arsad Kashmir origin story

The English Botanist and the Shikaras of Nigeen Lake

My dad was a trekking guide also, for like, 10-20 years? There used to be lots of tour groups. One of his best friends met him when he was a trekking guide. He was a freelance botanist. 

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