Earthquake in Nepal: We're All in This Together!
On Saturday, April 25, a major earthquake, estimated at 7.9 on the Richter scale, struck near Kathmandu. The map at left is posted by permission of the US Geological Survey, which explains the tectonic dynamics of the event. The initial quake has been followed by dozens of aftershocks and another major quake, leaving over 8000 confirmed fatalities, and economic losses estimated at around half the nation's GDP of US$20 billion. Sunrise Pashmina requests all friends of Nepal to give what they can to the organizations conducting emergency rescue and relief operations. More specifically, we would suggest donating to The Mountain Fund, a grass-roots NGO with numerous projects in central Nepal, including hospitals and clinics in Rasuwa, at the epicenter of today's event. Scott MacLennan, founder and director of The Mountain Fund, has been carrying out miraculous projects for decades. In 2010, he was recognized with the Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal, for remarkable service in the conservation of culture and nature in mountainous regions.
At the risk of appearing self-serving, we have to point out that Nepal must get back to work, even while the work of rescue and reconstruction continues. Our producers need orders in order to employ and pay their workers. We have new stock from our recent trip to Nepal, and will be ordering more in the coming week. Mother's Day gifts ordered in the next few days will reach US destinations on time. And, for the month of May, we will be donating 20% of all sales (somewhat more than our profit margin) to The Mountain Fund.
This is a terrible tragedy, and it will be a long time before Nepal recovers. Do let us know if you have personal reports coming in from Nepal, and we will forward your news and suggestions to the rest of our community.
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Pashmina is just the indigenous word for cashmere, a fabric woven from the wool of certain high-elevation domestic goats. The term cashmere was applied by European colonialists to this fabric because it was known primarily as a product of Kashmir, the disputed territory in northwest India.
20 Myths about pashmina
- Pashmina is different from, and better than, cashmere.
- Pashmina wool is plucked only from the undercoat of the throat and chest of the animal.
- Pashmina is produced only by a special goat known as Capra hircus.
- Pashmina is produced only in the high Himalayas.
- A fullsize pashmina is too big for a petite woman.
- In pashmina, more plies is better.
- Water pashmina is a special, highly luxurious, type of pashmina.
- Real pashmina is produced only in Kashmir.
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- Pashmina should only be dry cleaned.
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- Machine-loomed pashmina is superior to hand-loomed pashmina.
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- High-quality pashmina doesn't pill.
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