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 THE ART OF HAND-COMBING AND SPINNING CASHMERE IS EXCLUSIVELY PRACTICED BY WOMEN ARTISANS. AFTER COMBING, WOMEN SPIN THE FIBRE TO THE FINENESS OF A HAIR-BREATH ON A TRADITIONAL SPINNING-WHEEL KNOWN AS THE ‘INDER’. SPINNING REQUIRES GREAT DEXTERITY AND PATIENCE AS THE CASHMERE FIBERS ARE QUITE DELICATE AND BREAK OFTEN. THE YARN IS THEN DYED AND READIED FOR WEAVING. TRADITIONALLY, WOMEN ARTISANS WORK ONLY FROM HOME.

 

 

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THE BEAUTIFUL TRADITION OF THE KASHMIR SCARF IS ONE OF THE PREMIER TEXTILE TRADITIONS OF THE INDIAN SUB-CONTINENT. TRADITIONALLY KNOWN AS THE SHAWL, DERIVED FROM THE INDO-PERSIAN WORD ‘SHAL’, MEANING A FINE WOVEN WOOLEN FABRIC USED AS A DRAPE. HISTORICAL RESEARCH INDICATES THAT THIS TEXTILE TRADITION EXISTED AS FAR AS 3000 YEARS BACK.

 

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REFERENCES TO THE KASHMIR SHAWL ARE MADE IN VEDIC TEXTS, EPICS, BUDDHIST, JAIN AND OTHER RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS THAT EXISTED IN THIS PART OF THE WORLD. HOWEVER, THE ART OF SCARF MAKING REACHED ITS HEIGHT UNDER THE ROYAL PATRONAGE OF SULTAN ZAIN-UL-ABIDIN (1420-70) WHEN WORKSHOPS OF ARTISANS BENEFITED FROM THE RULERS PERSONAL INTEREST IN THIS ART. FAMOUSLY GIFTED BY NAPOLEON TO JOSEPHINE, A KASHMIR SCARF IS STILL CONSIDERED THE BEST IN LUXURY.

 

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EVERY IMAGE WE SEE FORMS A SMALL PART OF OUR UNDERSTANDING OF CULTURE. 
TRADITIONALLY, KASHMIR SCARVES ARE REPLETE WITH MOTIFS REPRESENTING THE IDEA OF KASHMIR AS PARADISE, ONE ABOUNDING IN BEAUTIFUL FRUITS, FLOWERS, BIRDS AND PEOPLE. OUR USE OF UNCONVENTIONAL MOTIFS ON HAND-SPINNED, HAND-LOOMED CASHMERE IS GROUND BREAKING IN OFFERING A SUBTLE RESISTANCE TO CONVENTIONAL IDEAS OF BEAUTY, SEXUALITY AND CULTURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP.

 

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EACH COMMUNITY OR GROUP IN KASHMIR HAS ITS OWN DISTINCTIVE ARTISTIC TRADITION, THUS AN ARRAY OF MOTIFS, TECHNIQUES AND CRAFTS FLOURISH ON THIS LAND. EVERY ART PIECE YOU SEE HAS A STRONG IMPRINT OF ANCIENT TRADITION. THE STATE IS RICH AND DIVERSE, THEREFORE, KASHMIRI HANDICRAFTS PROMISE EVERYTHING- BEAUTY, DIGNITY, FORM AND STYLE.

 

 

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EVERY DECADE NEEDS ITS OWN MANUAL OF HANDICRAFT, AND WE THRIVE TO MAKE THE BEST OF THEM. RESULT OF IMPECCABLE QUALITY CHECK AND DEXTEROUS CRAFTSMANSHIP OF OUR KASHMIRI ARTISANS OUR STOLES OFFERS A LUXURIOUS AND STYLISH LOOK WITH THEIR HOT AND TRENDY DESIGNS. THESE STOLE ARE THE PERFECT ACCESSORY FOR DRESSING UP YOUR ON-THE-GO ENSEMBLE.THESE ARE MUST FOR A RADIANT PRESENCE AT BEJEWELLED AND DAZZLING EVENTS AS IT CREATE A SOPHISTICATED IMPRESSION AT ANY SPECIAL OCCASION.