SHAWLS

he word shawl comes from the Indo-Persian word “SHAL”.

The shawl has always been synonymous with the KASHMIRI SHAWL, which has fascinated the world for centuries. Some use it as an essential accessory for formal attire such as wedding and concerts; others use it for its visual appeal. In the mid-seventies the world saw an explosion of the “BUTA” or more formally known as the paisley pattern, on shawls from the sub-continent.

This pattern originates from the beautiful enticing Mughal motifs, which are universally recognizable. The shawl has seen growth from simple light weight motifs to heavy complicated patterns to meet the demands of the ever changing tastes and trends of the world. One such is the “DORUKA” the reversible shawl which has absorbed the European design but kept the skillful SOFT MUGHAL MOTIFS.

“HASHIYAS” or vertical side borders are another beautiful morphemic of the Mughal design into the modern world. Originally the weavers set out to produce the lightest, warmest and softest shawls. It is unique because in the early development stage of the shawl in Kashmir, craftspeople both men and women became skilled weavers of an animal fibre called “PASHM”. This became the basis of the Pashmina shawl. During The Mughal period the shawl has come a long way from their bright colours , tapestry woven design to more dense elabo- rate designs.

The shawl is a luxury wrap of the softest wool, elaborately woven with INTRICATE PATTERNS. A beautiful rendering of designs INSPIRED BY NATURE.