Hand Embroidered Cashmere Pashmina 'Kali the Origin of Life'
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Black cashmere pashmina hand-embroidered in the traditional Sozni style. The hand-loomed cashmere is woven in a very subtle diamond weave, gorgeously soft to the touch. This is one of nine shawls in a classic revival series 'Origin of Life', the theme for the series is 'Devi' (goddess) who is considered the origin of life on earth. The strong colours of Maa Kali and her broad eyes (Lord Kali, considered the destroyer of evil and originator of life) are the inspiration for this pashmina.
The cashmere for this pashmina has been hand-loomed and hand-woven using cashmere from Ladakh and embroidered in a Sozni style (also known as sozan kaari), a technique originating from the Kashmir valley of Hazratbal in Northern India, over 500 years ago.
The raw pashmina wool is collected from private herds of Changthani goats in Leh, Ladakh where temperatures can reach minus 35 degrees during winter in this cold desert region of the Himalayas. The cashmere is washed, carded, and de-haired. De-hairing is the process of removing the guard hair (thick hair) from the pashmina fibres so that only the finest hairs remain. The cashmere from this region is considered amongst the best in the world, it is combed from the chest and underbelly of the goats. and is light and warm with amazing insulating properties, the fibres are extremely fine, varying between 9 - 16 microns.
The baby soft pashmina is then spun by hand converting the soft fibre into an ultrafine yarn that even modern technology would struggle to achieve. Hand spinning is a traditional craft in Kashmir.
Each pashmina is handled with great care and worked on by skilled individuals using traditional crafts and hand processes.
The shawl will be supplied with a book 'The Kashmir Shawl' which will create a backdrop for you of the 'landscape and lives' where these shawls are created.
Composition: Grade 'A' 100% Cashmere, originates from Ladakh
Size: 102 x 200 cm, Weight: 215 gms
Care: Needs to be professionally cleaned.
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Last updated 28 November 2023.
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