Pashmina, or as we call it, the "warmth of love," is often regarded as the world's finest artistry, which transforms impressively warm and delicate cashmere threads into extraordinarily beautiful shawls and accessories. Its peculiar and unrivalled charm make it a heirloom-worthy addition to your closet as well as a perfect gifting option, just like in the old days. Yes! You might be assuming that Pashmina Shawls have only come into existence since your grandma’s time, but you will be stunned as you learn about their remarkable tale of origin and history of creation.
Pashminas for the Royals and the Rich
Pashmina's mesmerizing charm and classic elegance have captivated kings, members of the royal family, and individuals from around the globe for centuries. Pashmina Shawls rose to fame as artefacts of status and royalty during the Mughal Empire. Babur pioneered the practice of bestowing khilat, or "robes of honour," on members of his court in recognition of their fiercely loyal service, rising achievements, and perhaps even royal favour. A khilat was a set of garments made out of Pashmina wool that included a robe, turban, gown, shirts, trousers, and so on. Given that they were regarded as too costly to purchase, these shawls earned the status of heirlooms which would be inherited rather than bought.
These exquisite shawls found their way to Europe via extensive trade with Indians, where they quickly became immensely popular. The Pashmina Shawl became a must-have masterpiece for every woman thanks to its amiable use by Empress Joséphine, Napoleon Bonaparte's wife. Pashmina shawls suited the French well since they offered necessary warmth while their rich demeanor added an aesthetic appeal to the white French gowns. That’s about how it gained its reputation as an heirloom-worthy product and one of the most beautiful things owned by the royals and the rich. Let’s now learn about how these Pashmina Kashmiri shawls are made.
The Making of the Beautiful, Warm Pashmina Shawls
Each winter, the Changthangi goat, known as Pashm, sheds its coat. This exotic goat is only found at 15000 feet above sea level in Ladakh, Jammu, and Kashmir, making Pashmina weaving much more rare and lauded across the globe. The Changpa are nomadic individuals who reside in the Ladakh region and produce the pashmina wool by rearing the goats in harsh climatic conditions where the temperature drops to almost -40 °C. Raw pashmina is then transported to Kashmir for processes such as combing, spinning, weaving, and finishing, which are typically executed by hand by highly skilled craftsmen as well as women. It is believed that making a single Pashmina Shawl takes approximately 180 hours and that the art of making pashmina is passed down by the artisans through generations. A craft as beautiful and intricate as the Pashmina deserves to be heir loomed and lauded for its warmth and exuberance. Let’s take a glimpse of some Pashmina weaves by WeaverStory you just can’t ignore.
Pashmina Weaves: The True Combination of Warmth, Luxury, and Elegance
WeaverStory brings you the most exquisite Pashmina masterpieces designed and created by skilled artisans and weavers. The intricate designs, vivid colors, and stunning patterns of the Pashmina Shawls here are destined to allure you towards their magnificence.
The Classic Charm of the Off-white
Elegant, alluring, and captivating, the White Colored Handwoven Pure Pashmina Stole with Paper Mache Work is a perfect shawl for men and women who love to add a touch of luxury and royalty to their elegant outfits. It is one of the most exquisite pieces by WeaverStory and is designed to be effortlessly suitable for both fancy events and intimate settings. Pair a royal blue sherwani with this stunner or wrap it around a beautiful Chanderi Saree, you will always look phenomenal in this shawl.
The Rust of Luxury and Elegance
It is no news that Pashmina is frequently a part of the bridal trousseau, and adding one only elevates the elegance of the bridal wardrobe. The Rust Handwoven Pure Pashmina Shawl With Hand Embroidered Border is precisely handcrafted to leave lasting impressions on every person that lays eyes on it. This mesmerizing rustic masterpiece is also a perfect gift option that can be passed down through the generations. The unrivalled charm of handwork on the rust-orange pure pashmina wool makes this shawl a truly luxurious, heirloom-worthy piece of art.
The Subtle Hues of Class and Finesse
The soft colors and delicate yet exquisite Kalamkari and Needle Work embroidery of the Grey Handwoven Pure Pashmina Shawl With Kalamkari And Needle Work Embroidery make it a stunning, luxury piece of art that can look fabulous with just about any outfit. Drape this pure Pashmina Shawl around your shoulders on a stunning gown or wrap it around your arms on an elegant saree or salwar suit; it is only going to add a hint of royalty and elegance to your outfit. The simplicity and the enduring craftsmanship perfectly exuding from this amazing Pashmina are destined to make your outfit the talk-of-the-town element when adorned on any occasion.
The Resplendent Cashmere of Modern Times
The Handwoven Maroon Pure Pashmina Shawl With Paper Mache Work is one of the most beautiful scarves for women, brought to you by WeaverStory. This beautiful maroon cashmere stole is delicately embroidered with white threads using the Sozni Kari and Paper Mache techniques. This resplendent maroon stole can match perfectly with any contemporary or traditional wedding attire during the winter.
The Exquisite Shades of the Night
The Handwoven Black Pure Pashmina Shawl With Heavy Border is an extraordinarily beautiful shawl that can flawlessly steal hearts. The black, pure pashmina background precisely embroidered with white threads gives it a charm similar to the night sky. The versatility of this shawl can be experienced when worn with just about any outfit, whether it is a saree, suit, or salwar kameez. There is no going wrong with this black, luxurious, heirloom-worthy Pashmina Shawl.
There is no denying that Pashmina Shawls are truly elegant pieces of art that must be cherished for years. Every Pashmina masterpiece by WeaverStory resembles the finest craftsmanship of the artisans and a peculiar charm of the material that deserves to be passed along through the generations. Invest in a timeless WeaverStory Pashmina Shawl now!
Author: Simran Shaikh