Monday, 22 December 2008

Solar Panels & Concrete


We are moving the factory, from the southern end of Kathmandu to the northern end. The primary reason is because the ground water here naturally contains too much iron which can affect the dyeing process. The cost of having water brought by truck from an area without the iron is getting too expensive (it's also wasteful).

The new factory will have access to iron-free ground water, more space and conveniently is in a part of the valley which is full of women who are skilled handknitters. So expect to see more items like these 'oh so cute' baby socks/booties on

Most of the building work in Kathmandu is in concrete. Personally I think it is quite ugly - and the old building style from clay bricks and wood looks nicer. Also the sand to mix with the cement is dredged from the Bagmati river. This is killing the river - as when the river loses it's sand plants grow in from the banks shrinking the river. The other disadvantage of concrete is the amount of CO2 released in the production of cement.

With this in mind, we are keeping the use of concrete in the factory to a minimum. We will have wood floors in most of the production areas, brick walls, bamboo supports and (as in 99% of factorys in Kathmandu) a corrigated iron and glass fibre roof. The wood costs about double the concrete - which explains why nearly all new buildings here are concrete.

We wanted to run the factory completely with solar power (You can import solar panels tax and duty free if you get approved by the government, but can't get approved without having a quality test on 3 types of panels - and they can't test until they have set the fee - which has been in discussion for at least 2 months .... I may be getting cynical, but can't help wonder who benefits from this??).

However we will have the lighting solar powered. This can be expanded later to power the washing machines and dryers. We don't use the horribly noisy 'power looms' so we don't have to have electricity to power them. All our cashmere knitwear and pashminas are made on hand looms.

If anyone wants to find out the test fee , or ask about the testing procedure the email address is .

We will be back in Nepal in February, at the crucial stage of the building work.

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

New! Cashmere Throatwarmers - just £29.50

New on - Pure cashmere throatwarmers.

These are all unique combinations of stripes.

They are double layer cashmere , and measure 18x100cm.

We have 149 of them in stock.

We expect they will go pretty quickly.. so don't hang about !

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Mypashmina gives 185,400Nprs to Namaste Banepa

Thanks to all the Mypashmina customers that have donated to our favourite charity - Namaste Banepa. In the last year you have raised over £1500. I would like to especially thank the 7 people who donated £50 - as promised I matched your donations, so its an extra £350 in the pot.

We are in Kathmandu now, and have just been to visit the person who runs Namaste Banepa. His name is Sudarson Karki, and he spends his time making films to promote awareness about issues in Nepal.

Here is a new film, including the kids that go to school in Banepa.

Nepalese children sing a song for peace. In this video some children are from a school in Banepa near Kathmandu, and some are from an international school in Kathmandu. The children from Banepa come from poor families and are supported by a charity called Namaste Banepa ( The pay for books, clothes and fees. They also take time to persuade parents that it is better for the kids to be in school rather than helping them on the land.

To find out more visit - If you want to donate, you can do so on the basket/checkout page of - we cover all transaction fees so anything you donate goes straight to the kids. Currently 35 children are being kept in school.

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Mypashmina Sale - 20% off until Dec 14th

It's all doom and gloom in the newspapers, but it's happy days for those in the public sector, and here's an extra 20% off to make yours and anyone elses Christmas even better.

Just use the code "aw20" before December 14th and you will save 20% off on your order.

The minimum order is £40, so you will save at least £8.

This includes anything and everything ...
Fine Pashminas, Ladies Cashmere Knitwear, Mens Cashmere Knitwear,
Silk Scarves, Custom Made Cashmere and even Clearance items

Saturday, 6 December 2008

This week at the cashmere factory

This week at the cashmere factory in Kathmandu....

1. We have put in a new rubbish sorting system.

We have put extra bins everywhere, and some big bins near the entrance ready for collection.

The tiny bits of waste cashmere that were thrown away before, are now being collected, and put inside nice cushion covers. (The result is cushions containing about $150 worth of cashmere by weight!). The are for workers who mostly sit down while doing there work and for decoration.

The paper and card will be sold to a recycling company for 2 rupees per kilo.

The hard plastic and metal will be collected by someone who then sells it.

The soft plastic - which there is not much will go to the city dump (not to the Bagmati river, where a lot of rubbish collectors dump their rubbish .. grrrr!)

2. A shiney new noticeboard is clear to see in the middle of the factory
We found from our questionnaire of the staff that they would like to know more about what is going on in the factory, and indeed to work closer with the management. So a noticeboard is a simple solution.

The first things to go on the noticeboard are:
a. News about the new rubbish sorting
b. Information about training options
c. Information about new monthly meetings between different departments and factory management
d. News of a staff picnic on the 20th December - and the planned activites
e. The factory mission (in many Chinese factorys I saw big slogans on the walls). I asked for these to be translated and found out they said things like "Work hard today, and you will have a job tomorrow"). I thought this was a bit threatening - especially in 6ft high red letters! But the idea of having reminders in the factory about the mission for quality and timeliness are good.

3. Quality Control Book
Every piece of cashmere knitwear that is made is thoroughly checked (when i have a good internet connection, i will put some videos of this online).

Now, records of every item are being kept, so at the end of every day it can be reviewed and system inprovements can be made.

Also at the end of every week, statistics from the book can be collected, and displayed on the noticeboard in order to (hopefully) show everyone the continual improvement.

Thats all for now. Today Caroline is making the voiceover on a video about the situation of women in western Nepal - which is shocking and tragic (and will be uploaded once we have decent internet connections) - Doctors and money required .. if anyone out there wants to help contact us, and we will put you in touch with the right people .

Sunday, 30 November 2008

Paul & Caroline In Nepal - p2

The factory where your pashminas and knitwear is made , is pretty nice. It is on the edge of Kathmandu and is in a peaceful valley, with lots of green space. It has an open courtyard and is clean with a friendly atmosphere. We have visited a number of factories in the area which are not as nice.

However, we are working to improve our factory further.

This week we gave all the employees a questionnaire. We made it clear that the factory managers would not see individual questionnaires, and we took them to a friend in Kathmandu to translate the answers for us.

Some interesting issues have arisen from this , and we are working now to implement improvements.

1. We have set up a proper rubbish sorting system.
2. There will now be monthly meetings in each department to keep the staff and management close and communicating well

got to go... power cut in 3 minutes!


Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Christmas comfort...

After all the lovely temptations over the Christmas holiday (chocolates...cake...pudding...sherry...the list is endless!) wouldn't it be wonderful to relax in style without showing off any added lumps and bumps?

No need to look any further as we have the perfect solution in our great new ladies Deep Cut Relaxed V Neck! Still as wonderfully stylish as our classic Fitted Ladies V but with a more generous cut and relaxed fit this jumper is the ultimate in cashmere cosiness. Great for informal parties and country walks and available in five lovely colours - you can't really go wrong!



Monday, 24 November 2008

Paul & Caroline In Nepal

We are in Nepal at the moment, working to improve the factory, work on new ideas, and make sure everyone is happy.

Today we walked to the local shop, and asked them for their onion skins.. a gang of people gathered around and were pretty close to falling over with laughter.. WHO WOULD WANT ONION SKINS ??? THEY MUST BE MENTAL ?? .. if only my Nepalese was better!

The shopkeeper obliged, and 15 minutes later we had a carrier bag full of onion skins. We took these back to the factory, and boiled them up in an iron pot.

Then we dyed some pashminas with them for varying lengths of time... the result ? Perfect, rich natural yellows .. with the raw materials free of charge, and completely natural... We'll wait until tomorrow before washing the dyed pashminas to see if they dye has held properly.

Due to this small success we are keen to make more completely natural dyes from locally available herbs, spices, vegetables, minerals and anything else that works.

So if anyone has any good ideas, please do email.. i'll make sure you get at least 10% off your order, if it's a workable idea!



Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Extended Opening Hours @ Mypashmina

From 17th November until 20th December, you will be able to phone us any time between 7:30am and 7:00pm.

Our website - - is open 24/7/365

Cats and pashminas

If you have a cat, you know how funny they can be. My cat (Adolf) loves being in the photostudio, when I bring him to the office, so some times I try our stuff on at him for fun. He even likes posing with a pashmina!

This is a Imperial blue 7030 Shawl. £49.50 at

Discount codes for everyone elses shop


Here's a money saving tip.

I came across this very handy site the other day. - you can simply type in any domain name and it will tell you some current discount codes - try it !

To make it even easier , you can install a plugin in the Firefox browser (it's just 1 click to do this) , which means that if you are on a website where other people have discovered discunt codes , it will give you a signal. Click here to get this

I like the Tesco discounts, saving on everyday neccessities leaves more money to spend on cashmere !

Monday, 10 November 2008

We love our new gingham pashminas (£48 , visit ).

If you do, and you must have the shoes to match , then run along to and pick up these funky gingham wellies for just £29.99.

Thursday, 6 November 2008

The swatchbook of 2008

If you've been to lately you probably noticed that we introduced our new swatchbook this summer. A lot of effort was put into this swatchbook to make sure we have every colour you would ever need, while still being small enough for us to send it out to you. All of the 117 new colours are Pantone colours to make it easier for you to find matching cashmere products for the rest of your wardrobe.

This pile of beautiful colourful greens and blues (and a little yellow) gives you alternatives of colours that could brighten your outfit. The colours you see are, in order from the top: mp12 Buttercup, mp89 Lime Green, mp85 Forest Green, mp90 Online Lime, mp93 Verdant Green, mp94 Ultramarine Green, mp96 Biscay Bay, mp97 Enamel Blue, mp106 Princess Blue.

As you can see we have several different shades of off-white to perfectly match your outfit. Because of the delicate cashmere fibre we will never be able to offer you a pure paper white, but the whitest shade we have is completely undyed and perfectly natural. The bleaching we would have to use to make a pure white would destroy the cashmere fibre, so watch out when looking at pashminas from other sources. The colours you see in this pile are, in order from the top: mp1 White, mp2 White Sand, mp10 Winter White, mp77 Silver Birch, mp76 Sandshell, mp11 Italian Straw, mp78 Green Haze, mp40 Barely Pink, mp100 Blue Glow.

If you prefer the elegant and muted shades, there is a wide range of muted colours in the swatchbook. This pile shows you only some of the purple and pink shades, but we do have muted shades of every colour of the rainbow. The colours you see here are, in order from the top: mp54 Nightshade, mp63 Rabbit, mp58 Purpla Ash, mp42 Wood Rose, mp43 Withered Rose, mp44 Wild Ginger, mp31 Raspberry Wine, mp27 Rhododendron.

Not all of these colours are in stock in every model and size, but for no extra cost at all we can have any pashmina or cashmere knitwear made for you in only 3-4 weeks from any colour in the swatchbook. That's the way we do things at

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Custom made cashmere - an excellent Christams gift

5 steps to the perfect Christmas gift...

1.) Visit and browse around

2.) Order a swatch book containing 117 colours. (fabric samples for the best accuracy)

3.) Visit again and order cashmere knitwear or pashminas to be especially made.

4.) Wait 3-4 weeks us to make it for you and deliver to your door.

5.) Wrap and give a unique and much treasured Christmas present


Friday, 31 October 2008

We just tested our cashmere and it's 100% !

Click to enlarge.

We have just sent a pashmina for testing at SGS fibre testing labs. The result shows it is pure cashmere. This is the usual result, so it's not so exciting.

However, it is good to know, because there is a lot of cheating in the cashmere industry ... even Tescos got in trouble once for unknowingly having 7% rabbit hair mixed in !

If you are buying cashmere online, ask to see a copy of a test certificate. A good supplier (like Mypashmina!) will be happy to show you.


Wednesday, 29 October 2008 - Mypashmina for the USA

We have just finished making - Mypashmina for the US.

We have worked out a deal with a courier, so we can offer 24-48 courier shipping to our customers in the US for just $19.50, and we have a returns address in Florida, so we can offer the same hassle free returns policy as we offer our UK customers.

We are also available on the phone at any time on +1 414 455 0595.

Saturday, 25 October 2008

Mypashmina Sale Ends on November 5th

Thanks to all the customers who responded to our email about our sale. You had first bite... one of the benefits of joining our mailing list.

As of now, our sale is advertised more widely.

To find out more , go to

Friday, 24 October 2008

Cashmere for pets

I brought my cat (which is called Adolf shicklgr├╝ber because he has a mustasch) into the office today and tried on a baby cardigan. Now, how cute is that?

The baby cardigan fits just great. Maybe a little bit bigger neck and slightly shorter legs. It would work to wear it outside, if it drizzles a bit you can shake the cardigan easily as the raindrops sets on the edges of the fibres. Would you like this item made? Maybe you have a cat/dog that you would like to give a little something for these cold and rainy days? It would cost just £34 for a pure cashmere cardigan.

You can just email or phone us. See for more ideas and contact details.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

New cashmere caridgan @

Today this new style of round neck cardigan is available at

It features mother of pearl buttons and satin lining on the inside of the trim. This cashmere cardigan has ribbed waist and cuffs and a generous sleeve length.

It is available in 5 colours - which you can view on the website.

Best of all, it is only £69.

New @ - Ladies Hip Length Cashmere Boat Neck with belt

This new style is available in Rhododoendron (shown here), and Melange Dark Grey .. which you can see at

It is extra long and comes with a colour co-ordinated cashmere belt.

The price is £74 and delivery is free as usual.

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Lovely comments from customers today

Today is the second day of our sale, which we sort of only have told our existing customers about yet so that they will be able to grab the bargains first.

As the orders keep rolling in, we are astounded that people actually take time to write something - even before they receive their order - and its something nice as well!

Yes, we do read ALL the comments in the comment box on the order, and it always makes us happy when we see that someone has written something.

Here are some of the comments that people have written to us that made us particularly happy today:

Comment: "I am a previous very satisfied customer."
What he/she bought: Two polonecks

Comment: "Because of the great choice ofcolours and sizes"
What he/she bought: 4 pashminas

Comment: "Chose you beacuase of choice of colours and easy to use website."
What he/she bought: 2 pashminas

What he/she bought: Ring shawl

Comment: "I have ordered an stole from your website a year ago and was so happy with the quality and the price that when i decided to offer a nice scarf to my friend for her birthday, it came naturally to me to do so with you."
What he/she bought: 2 pashminas

Comment: "Great products and prompt delivery.."
What he/she bought: Pashmina, hat, slipover

Comment: "My last pashmina was lovely"
What he/she bought: Pashmina

Comment: "This will be the fourth scarf I have purchased and I am sure I will be just as pleased with this as I have with the others."
What he/she bought: Pashmina

Comment: "Excellent quality"
What he/she bought: Pashmina

Comment: "I recently bought a black 100% shawl and absolutely love it. Delivery was fast too."
What he/she bought: Pashmina

Comment: "Brochure came through the post, my sister oredered and was really impressed."
What he/she bought: 2 camisoles

Comment: "Brochure came through the post, my sister oredered and was really impressed."
What he/she bought: 2 camisoles

Comment: "thanks for sending me these great offers! i look forward to receiving the jumpers...."
What he/she bought: 2 jumpers

Comment: "Love the site and ethos. Bought before and was very happy. Didn't think I could afford to replace my beloved old pashmina but you proved me wrong! Thanks."
What he/she bought: Pashmina

Comment: "Purchased from you before and received excellent service. Product was fabulous and made a great Christmas present. Good value for money"
What he/she bought: Various accessories

Comment: "Have bought from you before and was satisfied with purchase"
What he/she bought: Pashminas

Comment: "I am a very happy 'returning' customer - and I love the look of your new colours!"
What he/she bought: Herringbone scarf

Monday, 20 October 2008

Mypashmina October Sale

Here's some good news... We are having a sale on quite a lot of our cashmere knitwear items..

This is what is on offer at

Argyle slipover - £78 - reduced by 50% = £39

Camisole - £37 - reduced by 40% = £23

Tie vest top - £36 - reduced by 30% = £26

Sleeveless cowlneck - £96 - reduced by 50% = £48

Ribbed scoop neck - £85 - reduced by 50% = £43

Cabled cardigan - £149 - reduced by 50% = £75

Ballet wrap - £79 - reduced by 30% - £55

Drawstring hoodie - £88 - reduced by 40% - £53

Mens stripey v-neck - £109 - reduced by 50% - £55

Mens contemporary slipover - £69 - reduced by 60% - £28

Mens Zip-up Turtle Neck - £199 - reduced by 50% - £99.50

Mens argyle slipover (3-ply) - £79 - reduced by 40% - £48

Mens polo shirt two tone - £75 - reduced by 40% - £45

Cable twist mittens - £29 - reduced by 40% - £18

Gingham pashmina - £59.50 - reduced by 20% - £48

Herringbone scarves - £58 - reduced by 50% - £29

The sale ends 1st November, so there isn't too long

Friday, 17 October 2008

New Mens Cashmere Sleeveless Cardigans at

This new style of cashmere sweater is available in 4 new colours from

check it out!

It's only £68, with free shipping too.

Pashminas in Vogue -

I've just been looking at Vogue magazine, and they have an article on shawls..

They range from £200 up to £1565.

The one on the left in this picture is a very nice piece by Loro Piana, but the price is £870 !!

It looks quite similar to one that we have available for £79.50 (the pink one) , the weave looks similar and from the picture in Vogue it looks like they have used the same '100 count' fine cashmere as in ours. One difference is that the LP one is mixed with some silk.

If anyone has bought one of LP's and wants to see one of ours to compare the quality, please let me know.. i would love to hear from you.

For more pashminas see

Thursday, 16 October 2008

Four new cashmere mens polo necks in stock at Mypashmina

Just arrived!

Four new, and very nice, colours in the mens pure cashmere polo neck.

The fit and shape is perfect, and we have added a little bit extra on the polo neck to give that extra luxurious touch.

The four new colours are....
Cinder, Dark Shadow, Formula One and Willow Bough. - have a look at

Black & Navy Blue are still available.

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

New! Cashmere Polo Necks for her @ Mypashmina

Yeah! 3 new colours of this great looking (and feeling) polo neck.

The front is cabled and the back is plain.

It looks pretty smart too.

The 3 colours now in stock are... Raspberry Wine (a rich pink), Green Gables (a dark green), and Melange Grey (a dark mottled grey).

They are only£79.50 and we only have a few in stock.. so have a look at today (if you want)

New colours of cashmere t-shirts now in stock

We have 4 new colours in our ever popular t-shirt style.

This style is simple, and it can be worn under a jacket or just on its own. It is a basic that everyone needs.

yes, cashmere is addictive...

New! Cashmere V-Necks from Mypashmina

Our new range of v-necks with a stylish overstitched trim (in cashmere of course) is now available.

The price is £69 , which as usual is amazing value.

There are 6 colours available and one of them is made with natural vegetable dyes. See the website for more information.

If you are size small and so excited you have to buy one now without further clicks.. here is a link so you can do just that !

Buy Now

Monday, 22 September 2008


Hello all,

For those of you wishing to cling to the last remnants of summer (and why not?), here is a vest top in softest cashmere, guaranteed to take pride of place in your wardrobe.

Better still is the news that there are matching hoodies to pull on for those days when the evenings are more autumnal than summer.

And don't forget, if you quote the word 'yummy' either on the telephone or online, you get 10% off your order!

All the best


Friday, 15 August 2008

SPECIAL OFFER - Mens pashminas

Buy black for only £26.50
(free delivery)

This pashmina has no tassles, its suitable for men (and also women who doesnt prefer tassles)

Its made of 100% cashmere and measures 45x200 cm. Have a look at

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Gingham pashminas now in stock!

Gingham Pashminas

We have these funky gingham patterned pashminas in stock the 20th of august. They are the same great quality as our plain pashminas but are woven with 2 colours to create the square pattern.

- 70cm x 200cm (27" x 80")
- 70% Cashmere / 30% Silk
- Handmade in Nepal
- 8 colours in stock
- Only the finest quality at Mypashmina

Colorganic collection now in stock!!

We decided to do something more with bamboo rather than just eating it or building with it. Bamboo is amazing. You would see surprised to see how soft it feels!

Bamboo is slightly shiny, like silk, but it has the feel of cashmere though not as warm. Bamboo is hypo-allergenic and good for people with sensitive skin. Some people call it eco-cashmere. We have decided to take the bamboo idea further and mix it with cashmere.

80% bamboo and 20% cashmere is the perfect mix. It gives you the warmth and yet more softness! Bamboo is a great plant because its also a weed which means it grows very fast, up to a meter per day, and therefore no fertilizers or pesticides are needed. The bamboo is organic, and so is the cashmere. We have revived old dyeing techniques using plants and metals. This is called vegetable dyeing.

In the end we have created a range with some very nice colorganic bamboo/cashmere knitwear that feels great, looks gorgeous and is eco!

Now in stock on Mypashmina

Bambu/cashmere pashminas

Short sleeve poloshirt

Grandad shirt

Argyle v-neck

Stripey V-neck


V-neck with stitched edges

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Clearance prices slashed on Mypashmina

Where can you buy a cashmere jumper for £30 or cashmere gloves for £9 - try the clearance pages on

I have just reduced all the clearance prices even further, so it is a great opportunity that will not be repeated.

Paul !

Mens cashmere polo necks are back!

We have tweaked the design on these mens pure cashmere polo necks to make them fit absolutely perfectly. It is amazing the difference that an inch here or there can make !

We have black and navy-blue in stock at the moment and will soon be adding 4 more colours, including bright red and mosstone green.

Suggestions for colours are always welcome.

The price is £85 and they are available with free next day delivery from

New Herringbone Cashmere Scarf on

This wonderful cashmere scarf is available in 7 different colour combinations.

It is very very soft. We were very please with how it turned out from our original design.

The quality of the cashmere is excellent.

The price is £59 and they are in stock now at

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Mypashmina on You Tube!

We have made a great informative video to help you choose which pashmina is right for you! Have a look at the video below :

It includes our new Bamboo Pashminas, and it was great fun to make.

Sara x

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Shaded Pashminas - 8 new colourways available!

Our beautiful new collection of shaded pashminas has arrived into stock - lovely for summer and just that little more special than the regular classic one colour scarf or stole.

Sara x

Thursday, 17 July 2008

Cashmere Wrap Cardigan

Another new addition to the Mypashmina collection, the 100% Cashmere Wrap Cardigan pictured left is a great piece for any wardrobe. Available in two colours Ivory & Silver Grey (pictured) this cardigan has a lovely diamond design on both the hem and cuff - just enough to give the classic knit a lift without distracting from the elegant silhouette.

Sara x

Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Two new colours for an old classic!

The Classic Polo Neck really is a must for every wardrobe, Black and Navy Blue are of course great basics but why not add a splash of colour with a warm pink or a forest green?

We now have both Rose of Sharon (left) and Garden Green (right) available to buy via the website.

Sara x

Monday, 14 July 2008

Top quality cashmere at Mypashmina

Did you know that not all Cashmere is the same quality? We here at Mypashmina do our utmost to ensure that you only receive the highest quality garments. Firstly, we regularly send our products for testing. On the right is one of our test certificates to prove we only supply pure cashmere. We do this every few months. When buying cashmere its important to look into where it comes from and the actual cashmere contents if you want to be that its pure, as there are so many underhand producers and manufacturers on the market. Its not unusual to find cashmere products claiming to contain 100% cashmere when it actually contains a mix of wool, rabbit fur and other unidentifiable materials.

If ever in doubt, just give us a call and we will be happy to explain the origin or our Cashmere for you.

Sara x

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

New Arrivals # 2!

I think the most exciting new pieces for me have to be the dresses - you will be able to choose between an elegant evening dress - (left) perfect to take you from the office to cocktails or a beautiful cap sleeve tea dress with a hint of 1920's sophistication (right).

Remember, if you see a style that you like but would just like to change a few details you can always contact us - we are always happy to help you design your perfect piece!

Sara x

Arrival of New Styles!

We received the the first samples of the new styles to be introduced in the the Autumn this week - what a great collection!

Not only do we have new styles of V Neck, such as the lovely stitched edge V Neck (right) we also have a beautiful new Round Neck with contrasting neck tie (left).

More new to follow.....

Sara x