Snow on the pashminas

Asia Times reports:-

CHANGTHANG, India – The famed pashmina shawl that keeps the cold away – in style and at a price – could itself have become the victim of winter. Thousands of goats whose fine wool is woven into pashmina have perished in extreme cold being associated with climate change.

As we all know, climate change used to be called global warming, but extreme cold being associated with global warming would no doubt sound a little – well a little batty.

“In the past five years this is the second time I have seen such heavy snowfall,” Bihkit Angmo, 53, who rears goats, told IPS outside her tent in Kharnak, a nomadic settlement 173 kilometers east of Leh, capital of Ladakh. “This new trend of snowfall several feet high has left us quite worried.”

No doubt Ms Angmo has no access to climate models or the BBC, so she is bound to be worried by the special kind of global warming which currently threatens not only her livelihood, but that of 300,000 other people.

If things continue this way, Sharief said, Pashmina-goat rearing would come to an end in the next two decades. That would also mean the end of livelihood for about 300,000 people in the Jammu and Kashmir state of India who depend on pashmina directly or indirectly, according to Shariq Farooqi, director of the Craft Development Institute in Srinagar, the summer capital of the state.

8 comments for “Snow on the pashminas

  1. The Jannie
    September 12, 2013 at 8:12 am

    I understood that pashminas were made from antelope hair. Any pashminologists out there?

  2. Mona
    September 12, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    What was at the north pole before the ice? was it flying fish or Admiral Byrd”s Nephalim, I need to know.

    • September 12, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      Pashmina Antelopes, as far as the eye could see.

  3. September 12, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    No, no, no, you’ve all get it wrong. Big oil sprinkles bits of expanded polystyrene everywhere because it looks like snow. The goats play dead when it comes to shearing time, then get up again, sniggering and checking their cashpoint slips.

    • September 13, 2013 at 8:02 pm


  4. Hereward unbowed.
    September 13, 2013 at 1:18 am

    Yeah but the models say or the IPCC AR5 say, with so much snow…..erm global warming, that, the Himalayan glaciers is still gonna melt [so there]. Yes, it may be bit counter intuitive to the average denier and uneducated layman but not to post modernist thinkers such as climate scientists and you’ve gotta be a special kinda believer when you work for the mystic fakir, Rajendra Pachauri.

    • September 13, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      Maybe AR5 will come up with a new name. I hope so – should be fun.

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