Kashmiri Shawls

The shawls made in Kashmir occupy a pre-eminent place among textile products; and it is to them and to their imitations from Western looms that specific importance attaches. The Kashmiri shawl is characterized by the elaboration of its design, in which the "cone" pattern is a prominent feature, and by the glowing harmony, brilliance, depth, and enduring qualities of its colors. The basis of these excellence is found in the very fine, soft, short, flossy under-wool, called pashm or pashmina shawl, found on the shawl-goat, a variety of Capra hircus inhabiting the elevated regions of Tibet. There are several varieties of pashm, but the finest is a strict monopoly of the maharaja of Kashmir. Inferior pashm and Kirman wool — a fine soft Persian sheep wool shawls— are used for shawl weaving at Amritsar and other places in the Punjab, where colonies of Kashmiri weavers are established.

Of shawls, apart from shape and pattern, there are only two principal classes:

(1) loom-woven shawls called tiliwalla, tilikar or kani kar — sometimes woven in one piece, but more often in small segments which are. sewn together with such precision that the sewing is quite imperceptible; and

(2) embroidered shawls — amlikar — in which over a ground of plain pashmina is worked by needle a minute and elaborate pattern.

Men Shawls as well as Women Shawls are used in order to keep warm, to complement a costume, and for symbolic reasons. One famous type of shawl is the tallit, worn by Jewish men during prayers and ceremonies. Women Shawls include Pashmina Shawls , Jamawar Shawls , Wool Shawls , Shahtoosh Shawls. Other varieties include Scarfs for Women , Uppers for Women , Wool Stole for Women.

Men Shawls include Pashmina Shawls for men , Sheep Wool Shawls men , Cotton Wool Shawls men , Shahtoosh Shawls men , Scarfs for men , Wool Uppers for men

Kashmiri Shawls Made in Pakistan, Hand made Kashmiri shawls

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