“Of all sub-continent textiles none excel in beauty, colour, texture and designs of the famous Kashmiri Shawls”. Kashmiri shawls have been renowned as jewel of the women since centuries and were favourite of French Queen, Marie Antoinette. With a long tradition of artistic excellence, The shawl is the most admired hand-made fabric of the region. Shawls are produced by Two Techniques, loom woven or kani shawls and the needle embroidered or Sozni shawls.
The best known shawls are: Shah Tush Shawls & Pashmina shawls
Shah Tush Shawls
The basic fabric is of three types-Shah-Tush, Pashmina and Raffle. Shah-Tush (King of Wool) the shawl that passes through a ring and is also known as Ring Shawl. It comes from a rear Tibetan antelope living at a height of over 14000ft in the wilds of the Himalayas. Soft yet warm, legend goes to say that it can hatch a pigeon’s eggs.
Pashmina known all over the world ascashmere wool. It comes from a special goat (Capra hircus) which lives at an altitude of12000 to 14000 ft.