Large Wool Shawl
the Kashmiri Style
Chain stitch embroidery has long been associated
with the Indian region of Kashmir. The artisan who stitched the design
onto this shawl was working in that historic tradition.
information about India shawls, please see the Definitions and Comments
at the end of our listing.
of Red, Peach, Maize, Green, Tan
Inches Long, 40
Centimeters Long, 100 Centimeters Wide
Ounces, 500 Grams
This shawl is brand
new, not "vintage." In other words, it's not used,
damaged, or dirty.
at a remarkable price. Shop and compare.
A shawl that's beautiful for
daytime wear but elegant enough for a formal evening.
This item is shipped from India. Please allow 2 weeks for delivery.
Please see our
feedback for comments like these about our embroidered shawls:
: This is one of the most beautiful pieces of handiwork I have
ever seen or owned.
: The best Kashmiri shawls on ebay and great service. Thanks
: Beautiful shawl. It was purchased as a present and was a great
: Magnifique travail, qualité; adresse vivement recommandée.
: A truly stunning work of art. Thanks so much!
: Lovely pattern, excellent execution, I wish I could do work
like that. Thanks.
: High quality, rare and beautiful
: Well priced exquisitely embroidered shawl . My mom will love
this for her bday.
: So pretty I ordered a second, rapid shipping
I LOVE THIS SELLER!! A+++ all the way, all the time! fabulous shawl!!!
Wunderschöner Schal; sehr freundlicher, effizienter Seervice. Immer wieder
Gorgeous shawl, I love it. The embroidery is exquisite. Thank you!
Beautiful quality and great price, just stunning! Thank you.
SO beautiful - I love this shawl!
POUR NOS AMIS QUI PARLENT
FRANÇAIS (For our
Châle ou écharpe en laine. Nouveau. Fabriqué en Inde. (Méthodes de
paiement: Nous acceptons les cartes de crédit sur Paypal et les chèques
personnels en U.S. dollars.)
Made of sari
fabric. It's easy, beautiful, and reusable. For any Heritage
here for details.
Truth In Advertising: Some
Definitions & Some Comments About India Shawls
FIRST, THE DEFINITIONS
A region of Northwest India.
Not "c*shmere" fabric.
(In accordance with Ebay rules, we can't spell out this word,
lest our auction appear in a search for articles made of that material.
But we think you'll figure out our message anyway.)
The adjective meaning that
something is “of Kashmir.” It can mean any shawl from Kashmir or designed in
the tradition of Kashmir. It does not mean "c*shmere" material. The
term is often used to refer to certain types of embroidery. In one popular type
of Kashmiri hand-embroidery, the pattern is made from many tiny, straight
stitches. Chain stitch is another traditional style. (Heritage
Trading sells some shawls with Kashmiri embroidery.)
Because of Kashmir’s current political instability, much Kashmiri embroidery is
now done outside that state.
NOT a generic term for any shawl
from India, “p*shmina” refers to a very specific and very costly
material. "Pashm*na" is the inner coat wool of a particular Himalayan
goat (Capra hircus). Articles made from "p*shmina" are very expensive,
even when purchased in India directly from a manufacturer’s agent. Less
expensive are blends of "p*shmina" with other materials such as wool or
In our experience, it is not
possible to make a wholesale purchase of 80 inch by 28 inch, jamavar, 70% "p*shmina"
blend shawls from a manufacturer’s agent in India for less than $50 (US
currency) apiece. It is also not possible to circumvent the agents and buy
directly from the manufacturers—we tried.
Also NOT a generic name for shawls
from India, “c*shmere” is another name for "p*shmina". Some
people prefer to use the term “cashm*re” to refer to the larger diameter
fibers (15-19 microns) and reserve the term “pashm*na” for the finer
grade (11-14 microns).
Viscose is the word much of the world uses to refer to what Americans call
rayon. Read the fine print on shawl auctions. Some shawls described
as "pashm*na" in the title are revealed to be 100% viscose in the
small-font part of the description.
(Also spelled jamawar,
The jamavar technique of weaving
intricate, Persian-inspired motifs was brought to the Kashmir region of India in
the 15th Century under the patronage of one of the kingdom's most
admired rulers, Zain-ul-Abdin. Patterns in these early jamavars were created by
using weft threads of various colors that did not run the full width of the
fabric. Rather, they were woven back and forth in small areas to create the
desired, tiny color blocks. These jamavars became fashionable with European
aristocracy in the 18th Century. Because of the costly weaving
technique, the patterns often covered just the edges and ends of the shawls.
Even so, only the wealthiest people could afford them. The invention of
the jacquard loom in the 19th Century meant that shawls with the
traditional jamavar designs could be produced cost-effectively for a much larger
market. And the motifs began to cover larger portions of the shawls.
Madame Riviere, 1805, By Ingre
Countess Daru, 1810, By David
Early 19th Century
Portraits Of European
Ladies Wearing Jamavar Shawls
Today the term “jamavar” usually
refers to shawls with intricately woven, Persian/Mughal-inspired patterns. (It
rarely refers to the original weaving technique.) Some modern jamavars simulate
earlier weaving traditions by using supplemental warp and/or weft threads, which
extend across only a portion of the fabric, to create complex, multicolored
designs on some areas of the shawl, while leaving large, solid color blocks in
COMMENTS: TRUTH IN ADVERTISING
India does not have the strict
truth-in-advertising laws that are found in the United States and elsewhere.
Consequently, some Indian manufacturers will label their shawls as "p*shmina"
or "c*shmere," even though they are, in reality, sheep’s wool or even
synthetic. In fact, we told our Indian supplier to remove the labels sewn into
a recent shipment of woolen shawls, inaccurately describing them as "pashm*na".
At Heritage Trading, we try to be clear and
accurate in our ebay descriptions. We do not, at present, sell "p*shmina"
or "cashm*re" shawls. We DO sell beautiful shawls with
Kashmiri embroidery made of sheep's wool. We also sell woolen jamavar
shawls, as well as silk shawls. We occasionally sell some wool-like,
synthetic shawls, which are clearly described as synthetic in our listings and some blended fabrics, which are also fully described.
We encourage similar clarity and accuracy
from all sellers.
Thanks for reading this. We
wanted you to know.