What is pashmina? The word 'Pashmina' (پشمینه) comes from the Persian word 'Pashm' which means wool. Over many centuries, it has universally come to be known as a special kind of wool obtained from the outer skin of the goats living in the high altitudes of the Himalayas bordering Nepal and Indian Kashmir in South Asia. These pashmina shawls and pashmina wraps are hand-spun in Indian Kashmir, and, are known as pashmina cashmere or cashmere pashmina or only cashmere. These are deliciously comfy, soft, light and very warm, and, are destined to be a heir loom.