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long hairs of high-elevation goats in the Himalayas — had just hit the American market in solid colors with hand-tied fringe, debuting on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1999. Kubbins was ready for a career change. She retired from Delta after 28 years but her wanderlust remained strong. In 2004, she traveled for the first time to India alone. "I got off a plane in Delhi and hit the main road, where stalls are jam-packed, mainly with Kashmiri fabrics," she recalled. "Serendipitously, I walked into a very famous shop owned by a family, the Wangnoos, who were featured in National Geographic. I started sourcing from them beautiful handmade pieces woven of merino wool with hand embroidery. Gorgeous. They got me into India's silk Jamavars [scarves] and gave me a lot of information." While riding in a signature Pink Ambassador taxi in Jaipur, the capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan, she had another pivotal chance encounter. The driver asked Kubbins what she was doing in India. When she related her mission, he insisted on introducing her to his friend, Helen Webster, an Australian who runs a similar textile business back home. Webster opened the world of scarves wider for Kubbins and became both her mentor and a dear friend. She taught her how to design patterns and brought her to Indian graphic designers with whom she has now worked for more than six years. Today, Pam's Pashminas also imports lacy scarves from Buenos Aires and Russian wool scarves from Kiev. She sells alpaca scarves from Peru and Thai silks. Among retailers carrying her collections are two shops in Wellesley — Pine Straw and Sloane & Ivy — as well as at Artisans Way in Concord, Oropa in Duxbury, and The Nehalem Beehive in Oregon. She also sells online at www.pamspashminas.com, at annual garden club events, craft shows, fundraisers, major events including the Boston Flower and Garden Show, and from her home by appointment. Helen Webster and Pam Kubbins designing scarves in India for their Embroidered Merino Wool collection C O U R T E S Y O F P A M K U B B I N S 143 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 8

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