Exotic and representing a bygone and opulent Era! To own a true Kashmir Shawl, hand woven in Merino Wool or Pure Pashmina from the remote area of Ladakh is still considered today a treasure.
The traditional design of the "BOTEH", a cone like design found in all Eastern fabrics and carpets became a specialty and eventually inspired the weaving techniques of this particular design to be commonly known as Paisley. Many of the pure Kashmir shawls designs eventually became famous and gave birth to the future of Belgian tapestries and Florentine brocades which we are familiar with today.
The English word "Shawl" is derived from the Persian word "Shal". In Iran the word SHAL meant all woolen items. The simple piece of fabric was once brought over to Kashmir by Persian nomadic groups. It soon took over a new meaning of the word Shal as it evolved into a huge fashion accessory in India. Because of the cold Climatic regions of Kashmir the original fabric of Persia eventually changed into to a beautiful wrap around . The size increased and the style of wearing a beautiful garment evolved. The art of the original Shal from Persia was completely lost and became part of a national garment in India. The woven Jewels of Kashmir took a whole new meaning once the rich royal families of India started wearing them. As time went on, Kashmir artisans who are now known Worldwide, started excelling and making amazing designs and patterns using various techniques to appeal to the wealthy.
Kashmir shawls eventually reached a new level of high fashion among the British and the French.