Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / NPIA seeks aid for upgrading Pashmina testing lab
NPIA seeks aid for upgrading Pashmina testing lab
Dec '11
With an aim to upgrade their Pashmina testing laboratory, Nepal Pashmina Industries Association (NPIA) has sought financial support from the Government. The association has sought a sum of NPR 10 million to fund acquisition of high-tech machine to facilitate testing of Pashmina and to enhance the laboratory infrastructure.

As claimed by the association, presently the laboratory lacks proper infrastructure and the machine currently in use has turned obsolete, as it fails to comply with international standards. The yarn testing laboratory also does not have satisfactory temperature maintenance and adequate space mandated to upgrade it to international standards.

Meanwhile, the Optical Fibre Diameter Analyser machine imported by the Nepal Bureau of Standard and Metrology after obtaining seven million NPR in grant from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) also lacks the ability to precisely distinguish the Pashmina yarn which is Chyangra wool.

The machine recognises all yarns below 17 micron as Pashmina, and hence the yarn of a rabbit or other animals below 17 micron is also identified as Pashmina. Thus, there arises a need for more high-tech machine which can corroborate Chyangra wool.

Presently the Nepal Government identifies all yarns below 17 micron as Pashmina yarn.

Chyangra Pashmina has earned the status of a registered brand in over 41 countries by now and if the laboratory certification proves erroneous it would badly harm the domestic industry's reputation in international market.

India, China, Japan and many other countries have machines which have the ability to easily identify Chyangra Pashmina.

Pashmina has been recognized as the world's smoothest, light weight, exotically delicate and finest natural insulating fibre obtained from the inner coats of the mountain goats found at around 3,000 metres in the Himalayas and generally known as Chyangra in the region.

As outer layer of Chyangra fibres are comparatively thicker and rougher these are removed and only the inner layer fibres below 16.5 microns are used for preparing Pashmina.

As stated by the Trade and Export Promotion Centre, Nepal shipped wool and Pashmina products worth NPR 1.63 billion during 2010-11, as against 2009-10's exports worth NPR 1.31 billion.

Established in 2000, NPIA is an autonomous, non- governmental, non-profit making organization as well as representative body under which all Nepalese Pashmina entrepreneurs such as manufacturers, exporters, raw materials importers and dyers are brought together to strengthen themselves for sustainable development of entire Nepalese Pashmina sector.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

Must ReadView All

Textiles | On 22nd Feb 2017

Bangladesh exporters want duty-free access to US, Brazil

Garment and apparel exporters of Bangladesh are seeking duty-free...

Textiles | On 22nd Feb 2017

India to produce 341 lakh bales cotton in 2016-17: CAI

The Cotton Association of India (CAI) has maintained in its January...

Textiles | On 22nd Feb 2017

'India to be self-sufficient in silk production by 2020'

Indian could be self-sufficient in silk production by the year 2020...

Interviews View All

Smith Vaghasia
Sanado India

Online remains the best destination for shopping

Awen Delaval

'Natural fibres are appreciated for traditional authenticity'

Amrit Sethia

‘The intimatewear category in India is slowly becoming trend-sensitive.’

Kai Poehler
Voith Paper GmbH & Co. KG

The glass mat industry is growing by five to eight per cent annually. Kai...

Ashok Desai
Bombay Textile Research Association

Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA) is a leading name in textile...

Larry L Kinn
Suominen Corporation

Larry L Kinn, Senior Vice President - Operations Americas of Suominen...

Sonam & Paras Modi

Sonam and Paras Modi's Sva Couture is synonymous with head-turning...

Pranav Mishra

Designers Pranav Mishra and Shyma Shetty’s Huemn is known for its...

Madhu Jain
Madhu Jain

She grew up in the walled city of Old Delhi, completed her studies, and...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies

February 2017

February 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.


Browse Our Archives


Subscribe today and get the latest News update in your mail box.
Advanced Search