Changra Blanket, Blue
HANDWOVEN ON TRADITIONAL WOODEN LOOMS
Changra (or Changthangi) is the breed of cashmere goat native to Kashmir. These goats are raised on harsh Himilayan plateaus at altitudes of up to 14,000 feet. At this elevation, freezing temps stimulate the growth of the Changra's super-soft undercoat. We hand-spin these cashmere fibers into yarn and then dye them by hand using only plant-based dyes. The extra step of hand spinning the yarn makes our throws sumptuously softer than machine-made versions. Each throw blanket is woven on a wooden hand loom and finished with a hand-braided fringe. Your blanket game will never be the same.
Changra Blanket, Blue
Dyed by hand
Weavers from Kashmir
MATERIALS & CARE
100% handspun, handwoven and hand-dyed cashmere from Kashmir.
Gently hand wash in cool water using fine-garment detergent. Never twist, wring or tumble dry. Lay flat and air dry. Eco-friendly dry cleaning is also ok, ensure perc (perchloroethylene) solvent is not used.
SHIPPING & RETURNS
Orders are typically dispatched in 5-7 days.
Shipping is directly from Kashmir, rate is calculated at checkout.
Returns and exchanges within 14 days of receipt. Please see "Returns Policy" for more details.
CASHMERE FROM KASHMIR
MADE x HANDS has chosen to source our cashmere and weave our blankets exclusively in Kashmir.
Although different breeds of cashmere goat are found in Nepal, Tibet and Mongolia, some of the finest fibers are from the Changra found only in Kashmir. Changra goats are raised on the highest permanently inhabited plateau in the world, the Changthang plateau. At an altitude of 14,000 feet, nights are bitterly cold. Too harsh for humans but ideal for stimulating the growth of the goat's super soft, cashmere undercoat.
Kashmir is not only famous for the fiber but also for the artists who have woven cashmere for generations. True OG's. Historical texts describe cashmere scarves conjured in Kashmir as early as the 3rd century BC. We only entrust the hand dyeing and hand weaving of this majestic material to our artists in Kashmir.
Natural dyeing is an art. A timeless testament to human harmony with nature. Knowledge of the exact ingredients to create color, and the best mordants and methods to ensure color fastness only comes from extensive experience.
MADE x HANDS only produces handmade, naturally-dyed products with colors derived from plants, vegetables and minerals. Natural dyes ensure our pieces are non-toxic, non-allergenic and biodegradable. Natural dyes are infinitely better for the environment, coming from 100% natural and renewable sources. Unlike synthetic dyes, which taint textiles with harmful carcinogens. Aesthetically, natural dyes create subtle variations in color that can never be copied by chemicals. Our natural dyes are much harder and meaningfully more expensive to make. Worth it.