« Return to Previous Page

Shawls

Draping yourself in a Kashmir Pashmina (cashmere wool) or a Shahpash shawl means wrapping yourself in exquisite and timeless elegance captured for the 21st century. Our shawls bear the distinction of a royal handcraft honed through the centuries.

In a society where throw-away goods multiply exponentially, Kashmir Handcrafts has returned to an Old World art in order to increase awareness of an incredible handcraft that deserves to be showcased and to become a sought-after fashion once again.

The finest Pashmina (cashmere) wool is hand spun, hand woven, and embroidered by Kashmiri hand crafters from whom we purchase directly with fair trade agreements. Donning a Pashmina shawl is never out of vogue and makes a defining declaration for the discerning wearer.

Not content to offer merely the finest cashmere, Kashmir Handcrafts also has its own unique trove of Shahpash scarves, woven in the fashion of the bygone “ring shawls.” Only at a specific time of year can this hair be gathered from the throats of the Kashmir mountain goats, and given only to the most skilled artisans who can spin the Pashmina strand until it is as fine as silk. This creates a fabric so fine that the entire large shawl can be pulled through a wedding ring.

The centuries old craft of Pashmina and Shahpash weaving became an art under the encouragement of Akbar the Great, during his 16th century reign over the Kashmiri Empire. As an artist himself, Akbar quickly recognized the fine craftsmanship of these exquisite shawls and called for new innovations in color and design. Worn by men and women alike, the exquisitely decorated shawls were brought to Europe as gifts to wives, lovers, and friends where they became the height of European fashion for nearly a hundred years.

Today you can own a fine, authentic Pashmina shawl with confidence in its one-of-a-kind workmanship. These shawls are a treasure, something to be coveted, to be saved for and laid away in fine chests to wear to the most elegant of balls, or unique celebrations. Or cultivate a life for yourself in the finest of circles, wearing it to the best of parties, the cleverest outings, among the most interesting people, or dream of those circles and wear something that sets you apart from the crowd.