PASHMINA & WOOLEN SHAWLS/STOLES
A Genuine Kashmiri Handmade & Handicraft Products being brought to your doorstep by J&K Handicrafts(S&E)Corporation under the trade name of KASHMIR Government Arts Emporium, a Pioneer Organization of J&K Govt.
KASHMIRI SHAWLS/ PASHMINA have been worn and used as a warm protective garment by kings and queens since ancient times. Kashmir has become synonymous with shawls all over the world. The principal aspects of the shawl are its distinctive Kashmiri weaving technique and fine wool.
However, the Kashmir shawl's definition has varied in time and place, influenced by factors such as price, finery, purpose of wear, the intended wearer, constituent raw material, weaving technique, patterning present, and dyeing technique. Kashmir shawls are traditionally made of pure wool and Pashmina made of special Pashmina goat. The origins of the Kashmir shawl are a matter of historical debate. The earliest known mentions of an established shawl weaving industry date back to the 11th century AD. The industry was probably older, but some have suggested that Kashmir shawls were famous as far back as in the 3rd century BC, in Asoka’s reign. The embroidery on the shawls was being done by needle using thin thread which is still being practiced but with the passage of time other techniques like Ari work/ chain hook work has been introduced. There is a variety of designs of shawls like Jamma, Jalli, Dordaar, Designdar, Paldaar, Bagwandor, Dordar, Hashidar, Baildar, Botidar etc and the same work is available in Stoles which has become more practical in young generation. Nowadays people have found an easy way to make money by using machine in-between the Ari-work.