India was proudly known as ‘sone ki chidiyaan’ at one point in history, and every empire wanted a piece of this glorious and rich land. India was and still is known for its fine and precise artistry that leaves everyone in awe. We are proud to be a part of the land where thriving handlooms of Kanjivaram Saree , Patola Sarees and Banarasi Sarees live. A land where golden threads are spun by hands into the luxurious fabric. A land where the Pashmina thrives, a legendary and heirloom-worthy craft that adds beauty, glamour and elegance to our winters. Pashmina Shawls are easily known for the luxury they provide; everyone understands the importance of owning a piece like Pashmina. WeaverStory, too, understands the importance of Pashmina and therefore houses a collection of exquisite pieces which promise to enrich our wardrobes to the next level. They have an exquisite collection which consists of beautiful pieces. But before we get to that, let’s discuss everything there is to know about Pashmina.
The history of pashmina shawls goes back to the Mughal dynasty, where Babur would honour members of his court with exquisite robes. These robes would often be made of Pashmina. Pashmina Shawls have always been an intricate part of Indian culture. In fact, daughters coming from rich families in Pakistan, India and Nepal often have pashmina shawls as a part of their bridal trousseau. A pashmina shawl is also seen as a great gifting option owing to the rich and intricate craft of making one. The Pashmina has created an indelible mark all over the world. Empress Josephine, the wife of Napolean Bonaparte, used the Pashmina and gave it global exposure. The pashmina shawls come with a variety of embroideries like Kalamkari, Sozni and Jamawar. Each of these techniques is beautiful and truly brings out the beauty of Pashmina. Not just shawls, in earlier days, even gowns, coats and turbans were made of pashmina wool.
Creation of a Pashmina Shawl
The pashmina wool is produced by people from the Changpa tribe; they collect the pashmina wool from goats which is then sent to Kashmir for various procedures like combing and spinning. Weaving is carried out by a highly specialized group of artisans. It is said that it takes over 180 hours to produce a single pashmina shawl. A craft like this deserves to be recognized and promoted for it to thrive in the coming decades.
Here are some of the best pieces of pashmina shawls at WeaverStory that are each a piece of art. Each of these pieces also showcases intricate embroidery that simply elevates the luxury of the shawl.
1.Yellow And Maroon Pure Pashmina Ladies Shawl With Soznikari:
A piece that will take your outfit to the next level, this exquisite Pashmina Shawl has delicate embroidery woven all over it. This shawl can be gently draped around our shoulders, perhaps over a luxurious and vibrant Kanjivaram Saree or Banarasi Saree.
2.Handwoven Black Jamawar Pure Pashmina Shawl With Heavy Soznikari Work:
We can try, but this piece can simply not be ignored. This shawl is a unique piece because of the heavy Sonzikari work done on the shawl. You can wear a simple muslin saree and drape the saree all over. The colors are regal and will set you apart from the rest of the crowd. Store the Pashmina with care after the event.
Beige pure pashmina shawl is the warmest amongst the ordinary shawls. Pair this beautiful Light Pink Pashmina Shawl with any outfit to flaunt the look in winters. Care tips - only dry clean it and store it in muslin cloth to avoid the development of short fiber.
4. Multicolor Handwoven Pure Pashmina Shawl With Kalamkari
Last but not least, this pure pashmina shawl is the perfect canvas for the elegant art of Bharan Embroidery. This shawl can be paired with rich peacock colors, sunlight and mango shades of yellow, emerald greens and vermillion reds. We all know of the winter season to be chilly, gloomy and boring, but its this beautiful pashmina shawl that can bring even the bluest moods to sheer joy. Drape this around your arms or your shoulders and bask in its warmth.
Author: Uma Shekhawat