Kashmir has been at the crossroads of Hindu, Buddhist, and Islamic culture for centuries, as people from Iran and Central Asia settled in the area. Today, India, China, and Pakistan all claim some part of this mountainous region. Our black embroidered wool shawl is inspired by one of Kashmir’s most widely prized traditions, the intricately woven paisley shawls that were first traded with Europe via the Silk Road.
The borders are richly embroidered using a running chain stitch called ari. This centuries-old craft can be found on textiles throughout the region but the skill is fading, as fewer and fewer young people are interested in making a living through traditional arts.
Hand-embroidered in India. 100% wool. Approximately 24"W x 74"L.