Kani means wooden bobbins or small sticks in Kashmiri language. Kani Pashmina Shawls are woven into intricate patterns, with the pashmina thread thrown across before coloured threads are woven in on a meticulous, coded pattern drawn by a master craftsman born and brought up in kashmir.
Kani Pashmina shawl is woven with pure pashmina yarn in a natural, almond-coloured base or in cream with multi-coloured floral patterns, creating a striking offset. Coloured Kani pashmina shawls are woven too, in contrast like red, blue, green and amber.
Kani Pashmina Shawl is the softer version of Jamawar—the latter are long pieces of cloth woven in the same technique. A plain pashmina shawl may takes 15 to 30 days to weave, but one Kani pashmina shawl with all-over floral work takes more than 12 months if two artisans work whole day on it. The Kani Pashmina shawl, has got GI (Geographical Indication) status from Kashmir indian state situated in the Himalayan region.