Zoom in on the paisleys that make up the field of this shawl. The style of weave that you see on it is called the kani weave, the word being the vernacular for bobbins. Each colour is discretely woven into the pure pashm fabric, a process that is highly demanding in terms of both time and personal precision. Given that the palette is rich and varied, it is a fine example of endemic Indian handiwork, a wearable work of art that is at once traditional and quirky. Best donned at a casual rendezvous with extended family.
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