Pashminas form the heart of Kashmiri textile; the extent of their warmth, delicacy and softness demonstrates the expert hand skills required for spinning the wool acquired by Changthangi Goats, weaving it and then creating a brilliant masterpiece out of it. The one shown on this page exemplifies the expertise of weavers; its pure white shade like that of a precious pearl allows it to be accompanied with all sorts of colors and all kinds of dresses. The most alluring part is the thick hand embroidery formed at the edges in a settled and elegant manner.
This eye-catching work is identified as sozni embroidery, which is a part of Kashmiri culture since a long time; one of the primitive characteristic of this style of embroidery is that the motifs are created in a satin stitch and are worked identically on both sides of the cloth; shown here in its most popular motifs of stylish flowers and paisleys; zoom in to see the interconnected plethora of miniscule flowers and vines and the use of vibrant shades of red, green, blue and orange that dominate the color palette of this shawl in an extremely mesmerized form.
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