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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…

The pashmina and the Chanthangi goats

The finest and the softest of wools, Pashmina has been produced in the valley of Kashmir for centuries. In fact, according to experts, the traces of the first pashmina date back to almost 3rd century BC. But even though the pashmina shawl is famous all around the world, little is know about the origines of…

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The sad truth behind the ‘ring shawl’: Shahtoosh

Shahtoosh shawls are so fine and light they can be passed through a wedding ring and are warm enough to hatch a pigeon egg. Its name was given by the Mughal Emperors and it means “king of wools” in Persian. Worth its weight in gold several times over, the trade on these shawls is illegal…

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How to clean everyday stains

Due to the sensitive natural materials used to make a shawl, a few simple measures after each wear will ensure that it remains in great condition and continues to drape and feel as good as it did when you purchased it. At Kashmir Shawl Atelier, we always recommend our customers to get your shawls dry…

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INSPIRATION: Shawls in cinema

With the Golden Globes, Sundance and the Oscars just around the corner, this week’s inspirational post is about shawls and scarfs in cinema. You have probably seen some of these iconic images in the history of cinema. We hope they bring you many ideas on how to wear Kashmir Shawl Atelier shawls and scarfs. Lights,…

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The 6 most essential care tips to keep your pashmina new forever

Taking good care of your most adored pashminas not only ensures that they stay in the best condition possible, but it also helps maintain their shape and prolong their lifespan. Whether its food, cigarette odour or an accidental stain, taking the right step at the right moment can make a huge difference and the following…

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The magnificent men’s shawl

Did you know that shawls were essentially a male garment? It was the love of the Mughal kings for this art that revolutionised the shawl weaving industry in Kashmir, giving it the shape and form that eventually made them famous in the West. They wore them daily to protect themselves from the cold but especially…

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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…

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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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…