Cashmere (Pashmina) shawls
Have been manufactured in kashmir for thousands of years. pashmina shawls are very popular items for sale in the valley, but make sure to test the quality before purchasing. the test for a 100% pashmina has been warmth, feel and the passing of the shawl through a wedding ring. costs on a true pashmina can vary wildly, but usually start around rs 8,000. secondly, the weave pattern on a good pashmina is fainter than on a "silk pashmina" or other wool pashmina. there is also lower grades of pashmina known as semi-pashmina 10-50% pashmina wool and half-pashmina 50% pashmina wool which are still of an exceptional quality but much lower price rs 1,000-3,000. also check if they are machine woven or hand woven look for irregularities in the wool to spot a hand woven, hand woven are stronger due to the density of the weave and cost more.
Kashmir Shawl Museum
They will take you through in detail the types of pashminas you can buy and how to test them and are fantastic in that they don't negotiate but offer a set price.