Parampara is a Nepali word meaning “culture and tradition”; this refers to both Claire’s and that of the people who are supported and empowered by being part of Parampara.
Claire’s aim is to ensure fair payment for top-quality materials and craftsmanship, and to put something substantial back into the communities they come from. Parampara is a corporate partner of the Gurkha Welfare Trust and 5% of all our profits go to the Trust. This funds Gurkha pensions and projects such as the provision of community nurses for sick, former Gurkha servicemen in Nepal.
Only the finest quality cashmere is used for our products. Each yarn is made from the carefully combed fleece of mountain goats from the high Himalayas. The cashmere is appraised at each stage of the process so that only the purest and most luxurious yarn is chosen to make up our designs.
All designs are unique to Parampara. Claire designs all of the products, taking inspiration from her native Scotland and her passion for outdoor pursuits. She has direct contact with our factory in Kathmandu where her designs are crafted and dyed using Ciba metal-free, azo-free and eco-friendly dyes.
How to Care for Cashmere
Cashmere is a great classic item to have in your wardrobe, giving you style and elegance. As one of the most delicate fibres in the world it is regarded as a luxury and originally worn only by royalty.
As with all luxury fabrics, cashmere needs to be cared for correctly. It is easy to wash if treated gently and the correct washing detergent is used. We recommend hand washing frequently following these simple guidelines:
Immerse your Parampara garment in a solution of lukewarm water and a gentle wool wash product. We suggest a gentle baby shampoo or mild wool detergent such as Woolite.
When you wash your garment by hand just squeeze the soap gently through the fabric. Do not rub, wring or stretch the fabric in any way; by doing this you will misshape and stretch your garment.
Rinse the garment several times in clean lukewarm water until the water runs clear without traces of detergent.
Do not leave the cashmere garment wet. Gently squeeze out any excess water and lay it flat on a towel. Reshape it as it dries naturally, away from direct heat such as radiators or sunlight.