本次展出織品由Kashmir Loom Studio所製，即梳取喀什米爾山羊脖子、下巴及腹部的細緻絨毛作為原料，再用Jamdani織錦技術結合喀什米爾刺繡製作的生命之樹，小小的一件織品融合了印度三種具代表性的織品工藝技術。
Made from extremely fine and soft fiber obtained from Pashmina goats, aka Changthangi, cashmere wool products have long been many people’s favorite. The word cashmere is an old spelling of Kashmir, the geographical region in north of India. From the origin of its name and where it comes from, we could have a glimpse of how cashmere has traveled to different corners of the world in the ever-increasing cultural and trade exchange process.
Cashmere is collected during the spring moulting season when the goats naturally shed their winter coat. Their mixed mass of down and coarse hair is removed by hand with a coarse comb instead of sheep shearing we usually see. In the freezing cold weather, the local nomadic Champa people in the Changtang Plateau of Kashmir have to collect fiber from the Pashmina goats they keep and send it to the Kashmir Valley in northern India for hand-processing by experienced craftsmen, from combing, spinning, weaving to making into a complete product. Due to its subtlety in texture, cashmere wool products usually go without dyeing and only decorated with embroidery thread colors. It was the top choice for Western royal and noble families when it came to luxury goods and brought to other regions of the world by European makers and merchants.
The work we see here is made by the Kashmir Loom Studio that firstly collects fine fiber from the neck, chin and abdomen regions of Pashmina goats and then puts Jamdani textile-making technique and embroidery together to create the tree of life. Through this sophisticated work of art, the viewers get to see three iconic Indian weaving crafts in one time.