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Antique Kashmir & Paisley Shawls

Pashmina shawls have been woven in Kashmir since about the 11th century, but the pashmina shawl industry producing what we refer to as a Kashmir cashmere shawl is thought to have begun during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Shawl is woven fabric rather than an article of dress. During its history Kashmir experienced Mughal, Afghan and Sikh invasions, all of which left their stylistic influence on the shawl.

Kashmir shawl, also spelled Cashmere, a type of woolen shawl woven in Kashmir. According to tradition, the founder of the kashmere shawls industry was Zayn-ul-ʿĀbidīn, a 15th-century ruler of Kashmir who introduced weavers from Turkistan from central Asia.

Antique Kashmir & Paisley Shawls

Pashmina Shawls were the important accessory from the 1780's until the 1870's in India. Pashmina goats are found in Kashmir and shawls are woven and printed by hands on handlooms. Cashmere pashmina shawls are beautiful and historically appealling with impressive designs. Some antique pashmina shawls are strong enough for occasional wear or display. Pashmina Cashmere shawls are beautiful gulabkar bel-buta design embroidered pashmina shawl was made by a kashmiri craftsman and rafoogar copying antique woven designs of the dorukha Kashmir pashmina jamawar shawls of the 1860s. Our cahmere pashmina shawls are made by very fine pashmina thread and hand embroidery is done with anchor and pashmina threads. Cahmere Pashmina shawl took more than one year to embroider.

Beautiful embroideries on antique pashmina shawls and stoles, an excellent work of craftsmen with needles using cotton and pashmina threads and silk in some of the work. Highly skilled craftsmen make the emroidred pashmina shawls using needles and take around one year to complete one shawl of full jaal pattern embroidery.