About Kashmiri Shawls, it is said that “of all sub-continent textiles none match in beauty, color, texture and design of the famous Kashmiri Shawl”.
Kashmiri Shawls have been renowned since centuries and were favorite of French Queen, Marie Antoinette. With a long tradition of artistic excellence, the shawl is the most admired hand-made fabric of Kashmir. Shawls are produced by two techniques, loom woven or kani shawls and the needle embroidered or Sozni Shawls.
The basic fabric is of three types-Shah-Tush, Pashmina and Raffle. Shah-Tush (King of wool), the shawl that passes through a ring and is also known as Ring Shawl. It comes from a rare Tibetan antelope living at a height of over 14,000 ft. in the wilds of the Himalayas. Soft yet warm, legend goes to say that it can hatch a pigeon’s egg. Pashmina known all over the world as cashmere wool. It comes from a special goat (Capra hircus) which lives at an altitude of 12,000 ft. to 14,000 ft.