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Tuesday, 26 September 2017
shaw brother
Mood:  cool
Topic: fabric

The basic fabric of the Shawl can be wool, silk, cotton, linen etc. The woolen shawls that comes from Kashmir is a Royal Possession of every person in India and Abroad since ages. Different kinds of wool are used to make shawls. The simple Kashmir wool, the finer Kashmir wool called ‘Pashmina’ which is very famous for it’s warmth and softness, it comes from the special specie of the Himalayan goat. The Government has set up height altitude farms for the breeding of the goats in the higher reaches of Kashmir and Ladakh. Wool is sheared from these goats twice a year and maximum wool do come locally from the tribals of Ladakh.

Every process involved in making Pashmina shawls is all manual and no machine or artificiality is involved. It is all done by the hands of both men and women of the Srinagar. Spinning is done by women and weaving, working and embroidery is done by men. We manufacture and export large quantities of shawls ranging from 15$ to 1000$ U.S. Huge range of qualities from 100% Merino wool, to the finest of Pashmina’s are available. You can have these shawls plain or embroidered or special custom designed. We make shawls on order to suit every taste and eye. High range of colours are available and designs are traditional, classic as well as new modern designer wear. Right now different types of Pashmina have taken the world by storm. You can have the following varities of Pashminas to suit your status and taste. Pashmina/silk

The shawl weaving industry of Kashmir is as old as its hills. It is to be believed that the industry flourished in the days of the “Korvas” and “Pandavas” and that the shawls of Kashmir reached as far as Rome wherein, they adorned the local beauties particularly those in the Caesar’s court. The industry suffered several setbacks over the ages, but, it was due to the efforts of Shah-e-Hamdan, the renowned central Asian Saint, that, shawl making as an industry was revived, on a large scale in the later part of the 14th century. Syed Ali Hamadani, who introduced Islam in Kashmir, brought with him nearly 700 pious and saintly disciples mostly artisans and craftsmen – who were spread all over the valley, not only to popularize Islam as a faith, but also to teach and train the local people in the making of various arts and crafts, which would one day be world famous. His arrival in Kashmir was the beginning of a total & complete revolution, encompassing all aspects of life in the valley, and its requirements – social, economic & cultural.

However, it was during this period, during the reign of Zain-Ud-Abidin the most beloved Badshah (King) of Kashmir, that, the shawl weaving industry reached its peak. It was their, beloved king, who breathed life back into a dying enterprise by encouraging and popularizing it as a cottage industry. It is he who taught people to work in their homes during winter and earn a living. It is therefore, no wonder, that this period is widely recognized as a New Era in the history of the shawl industry of Kashmir.

Posted by shawbrotherscollection at 8:04 AM EDT
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