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The golden era that defines our shawls

The world has long been entranced by Kashmir. From the magnificent himalayas, to the tradition of art and shawls, the history of Kashmir is unlike any amongst ancient eastern cultures. It’s a story of four different periods of foreign rule: the Mughals, Afghans, Sikhs and Dogras, who once ruled this ancient valley. Each culture made…

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(PHOTO FEATURE) Master craftsmen of the Himalayas

It was the history of the Kashmir shawl, besides its beauty and design techniques, that made us fall in love with this ancient art. The golden era of the Kashmir shawl influenced the fashion around the world and, even though the motifs have come a long way since its origins, the techniques used to make a…

Kashmir’s handicraft industry in ruins after floods

Every year the onset of autumn is a great time for the artisans of Kashmir. For some its the season to finish handcrafting their shawls and carpets that take months to be designed. For others who work as farmers during the summer months, its the time to harvest their rice and apples and get back…

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The shawl: gift ideas for Valentine’s Day

Finding that perfect Valentine’s Day gift is probably the most difficult experience for both men as well as women. Being able to narrow down the best present for that person can reflect how much you care. There is nothing in the world that’s as elegant and beautiful as a soft Kashmir shawl. At Kashmir Shawl…

The Kashmir shawl: the perfect gift this Christmas

Thinking of buying the perfect present this season? Whether its a gift for a relative, a friend or a co-worker, buying your perfect gift is always the most difficult decision in every festive season. It’s a process that needs planning and time. In fact, many people end up shopping at the last-minute because they put…

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A micro-chip that proves the purity of pashmina

A blend of modern technology combined with the ancient art of shawl weaving is all set to revolutionise the pashmina industry of Kashmir. By introducing special micro-chips based on nano technology, consumers would no longer need any other proof regarding the authenticity of your pure pashmina shawl. Known as the Kashmir Pashmina Geographical Indication (GI)…

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How to protect you shawls from moth using natural ingredients

Moth loves natural fibers like pashmina, wool and silk. If you find it annoying to find a sock eaten by these insects, imagine if they decide to have your handmade Kashmir shawl for a meal! In this post we give you an ecological and natural way to keep them away using only ingredients that you…

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(VIDEO) The journey of a shawl

Everytime you wear a  shawl by Kashmir Shawl Atelier, you can immediately feel its beauty, softness and warmth. But it is the story behind each of them that makes them so unique: its delicate yarn weaving process, the ancient handlooms and the expert hands that embroidered it. To show you their life, we spent some…

Climate change affects pashmina production

As the valley of Kashmir gets prepared to embrace another season of bitter winter, the nomadic pashmina rearing people of Changthang in Ladakh are gearing up for the worse. After the death of over 27,000 pashmina goats due to severe weather conditions in 2012-13, the concerns of these nomads have increased after the early spell…

How to clean your shawl without damaging it

It is said pashmina is a wool from heaven! Not only because pashmina goats live at more than 5,000 m above sea level, but also because of its softness, warmth and delicacy, making it one of the most precious textiles in the world. With adequate care, a pashmina shawl will retain its natural beauty over…

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Four reasons to cherish a black shawl

Amongst all shades, there is nothing as versatile as the colour black. Once associated with grief and only used on special occasions, it’s now used in all fashion shows and the latest collections. Despite its place in today’s trends, some still consider black as a boring colour associated with laziness!! But we (along with many…

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Josephine Bonaparte, the first shawl loving trendsetter!

The passion for Kashmiri shawls in Europe is not recent. In fact, you will be surprised to know that the first trendsetter spread her love for them throughout the entire continent almost 200 years ago. “I have serious doubts that this fashion will last”, wrote Empress Josephine de Beauharnais of France (1763-1814) to her son…