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Wedding Pashminas

Wedding pashminas can create an effortless reception outfit update for a bride. Often a wedding reception can be later afternoon by the time the ceremony and photographs are completed.  Bare necks and shoulders or light fabric can require another layer to provide warmth. So a pashmina which is stylish, and can be worn long after the wedding day is a practical choice. Plus, one can relive the happy wedding memories each time the pashmina is worn! Simple & elegant  An ivory or off-white wedding gown would be complimented by a plain maroon ring pashmina or a white pashmina with an embroidered border.  Detailed & dramatic   A lovely hand-embroidered pashmina shawl in maroon or navy is a bold and opulent style[….]

Thursday Afternoons

Thursday Afternoons. If you are looking for me, I’m currently ensconced in a sofa, my ears are full of dance studio music – a warm-up polka competing with an Italian operatic aria. There are mums coaxing reading comprehension and maths answers out of school children, as well as the excited chatter of younger children in the toy corner and low-pitched constant background rumble of adult conversation. Children safely escorted into their appropriate class, kisses exchanged. Barring any toilet, cardigan or water requests, the next 45 minutes are mine to spend how I please. I could check email, read internet articles, Pinterest or Facebook. If I was braver I could dash out for a coffee or supermarket sprint. Usually I chat a[….]

Adjusting to Autumn

Autumn weather means unpredictable weather, cooler mornings and windy afternoons. A pashmina is a lightweight addition to your bag. Add some pashminas of different colours and lengths to your coat-stand or wherever it is that you store your outerwear. Fresh mornings  Autumn is a leaf-strewn walk to school or work in the mornings. The air is crisp and smells earthy. The wind can be howling, and the clouds can deposit scatterings of raindrops.                 A pashmina thrown around your neck or shoulders keeps the autumn chill at bay. Tie a pashmina around your neck or wrap around your back for a more structured or formal look to match your style. Crisp afternoons The[….]

Pashmina Shawls – What are they?

Pashmina or Kashmiri Shawls are produced by two techniques: loom woven or Kani shawls, and the needle embroidered or Sozni shawls. The basic fabric is of the three types – Shah Tush, Pashmina and Raffal.  Shah Tush (King of wool) passes through a ring and is also known as Ring shawl. It comes from a rare Tibetan antelope living at a height of over 14000 ft in the wilds of the Himalayas. This type of shawl is no longer produced as the antelope is now protected and it is illegal to kill them for their ‘wool’ – existing shawls, which were known as ‘Peshmina’, are extremely valuable. Pashmina is known world over as Cashmere wool. It comes from a special goat (Capra[….]

History of Pashmina

The history of pashmina goes back centuries to the times of sultans and emperors.  Kashmir shawls were famous in the times of Emperor Ashok (3rd century BC) but Sultan Zain-Ul-Abidin  (1420-1470 A.D) was the initiator of the shawl industry in Kashmir. Sultan’s rule encouraged the promotion of arts as an organized trade and the “Pashmina” or “Peshmina”, or in Persian “Pashm”, is a legacy of that period. At the time of Mughal rule in India, Kashmir overtook the North-West Frontier and Punjab as the centre of shawl making. The Mughal emperor Akbar was greatly impressed by the Kashmiri shawl and the way it was worn, folded in four, captured his imagination. He experimented with various ways of wearing it and found that it[….]