Pashmina Shawl (Kashmiri) by SoulWeaves


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Style: The "Kashmiri Classic" Shawl is celebrating autumn colours with needle art.

Details: Aari needle work on hand-woven Pashmina.

This Pashmina was handcrafted for Women but, of course, it can very much be worn by Men as well.

Weight: Fine pashmina 160 gms 

Dimensions: 100 x 200 cms

BRAND STORY

Pashmina Traditions: watch this video which explains the journey of Pashmina from the Changthang plateau to you! 

 

SoulWeaves presents the legendary pashmina handcrafted in contemporary styles by master craftsmen of India.

It is born of extreme cold and very high altitudes. Gathered by hardy, traditional herders it is handmade and its making, historical. Called soft gold, it is a sensual delight: downy, light, soft, moody and worth every gossamer gram of its weight in indulgence.

The finest type of cashmere wool, Pashmina is a fibre noted and prized for its incredible softness and warmth. Textiles made from Pashmina were first crafted and woven in the region of Kashmir (which is where the anglicised cashmere originates from). Woven by nomadic tribes from the soft downy hair shed by the Changthangi breed of the capra hircus goat, indigenous to the harsh climes of the Ladakh plateau and Tibet, the textile got its name from Persian travellers and traders passing through this region – the Persian word pashm means wool.

With a history going back thousands of years and finding mention in several medieval texts, the finest Pashminas are woven in Indian Kashmir and parts of Nepal. The quality of a finished shawl is largely dependent on both the softness of the fibres used, as well as the expert craftsmanship of the weaver.

The authentic and often exorbitant Pashmina bears testimony to the master craftsmen who weave it, as well as the extremely rare wool; because only about 0.01 per cent of the world’s global cashmere production comes from the Changthangi goat. All other varieties manufactured outside of the natural habitat of this goat are called cashmere.

At SoulWeaves, they use only certified Pashmina wool to make hand-spun yarn. Hand-spun yarn is then worked on handlooms to make the fine Pashmina textile. Helping traditional herders and the dwindling tribe of authentic Pashmina craftspeople keep their trade and art alive, SoulWeaves works only with certified Pashmina.

WOMEN'S RANGE

SoulWeaves' women's range reimagines the Pashmina as a heady mix of the simple and the flamboyant.

Classic weaves are highlighted with a range of Indian decorative traditions – colourful needlework borrowed from the Kantha tradition of West Bengal, the intricacy of Kasuti work from Karnataka, and the stylised nature-inspired motifs of Kashmir’s Aari embroidery.

SoulWeaves most exclusive offering – the Kalamkari inspired Pashmina – is a tribute to the most intricate artisanal traditions of northern and southern India. Hand-drawn and hand-painted shawls created with an in-house pioneering technique celebrate nature-inspired Kalamkari motifs with fine lines and light dyes that rest comfortably on gossamer Pashmina fibres.

QUALITY

In a market full of Pashmina rip offs and alluring fakes, SoulWeaves get a two-step certification for every Pashmina product that comes out of their studio.

The Two-step Pashmina Certification Guarantee:

  • Certified Pashmina Fibre: Every SoulWeaves Pashmina is made from Pashmina fibre that is certified authentic by the Craft Development Institute, Srinagar, (cdisgr.org) under the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. 
  • Certified Pashmina Product: The finished Pashmina, be it a shawl, a throw or a muffler is again tested and certified for authenticity by the Craft Development Institute, Srinagar, through a certificate and a hologram sticker and a unique identification number that can be matched on their website.

At SoulWeaves when you want a hand-crafted, authentic Pashmina that is what you get. No blends. No shortcuts. Just pure Pashmina.

Craftmark: Committed to encouraging and keeping artistic Pashmina traditions and its craftsmen alive, SoulWeaves chooses handloom and hand-craft over power looms and machines.

BESPOKE

Contact is if you want exclusive, personalised Pashminas, woven and detailed to your taste.

COMMUNITY & SOCIAL WORK

The SoulWeaves community is closer to being a family than a business, and SoulWeaves goes that extra mile to ensure each product is impeccably produced. Your SoulWeaves piece carries within its close-knit fibres the long struggle to keep handloom traditions alive in a country that is fast embracing machine-produced textiles. Amidst this uncertainty, your support goes a long way to ensure that skilled artisans in Kashmir, Leh, and Rajasthan get to practice their craft in a free and fair space.

Each handmade product provides income security for artisans, a lease of life for the craft while providing you an international-quality certified product at a fair price.

At SoulWeaves, a sense of responsibility and a passion for tradition meet modern aesthetics, creating a warp and weft of then and now, old and new – at Jardins Florian, we believe SoulWeaves fabrics are a marker of the beautiful, diverse world we live in today.

SoulWeaves contributes a percentage of its profit to the SOS education fund. It has also begun a free of cost training programme on various pashmina craftsmanship skills through which young artisans are learning the trade and earning as well.

 



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