The English word shawl is derived from
the Persian ‘shal’. The shawl’s migration in 1800 from Kashmir - formerly Cashmere mountainous region of north Indian subcontinent, W of Tibet & SW of Xinjiang Uygur; includes valley (Vale of Kashmir) watered by the Jhelum - to
Europe spawned important new developments in European fashion and design
ideas. When Napoleon returned from Egypt his generals and officers
brought back mementos of the Orient, amongst which were Kashmir
shawls worn prominently wrapped around their waists as belts. The most
important factor in the growth of shawl’s popularity in Europe was
Empress Josephine . She was the first to adopt the ‘robe de simplicite’
and the triumph of the revolution made the fashion of a simplified
dress universal. Queen Josephine’s extravagance in clothing and jewelry
was legendary and her wardrobe contained hundreds of the rarest of
Today hand made shawls from Kashmir continue a
tradition that started in the early 16th century, the expertise of the artisans having been passed down from generations. The refined sophistication
and romance of the Kashmir shawl that caught the fascination of
European royalty 200 years ago has remained unchanged, even as designs
have evolved to reflect the changing times.
As wondrous as the first green leaf of
spring high up in the Himalayan range, as intense as the blue sky of a
perfect summer day and orchards filled with apples and cherries, as
festive as the harvest of fall and maple leaves blazing a fiery orange
across the Kashmir valley, and as breathtaking as the
first snowfall of winter covering the mystic land in a pure white
blanket – Seasons Fashion Collections from Kashmir is an exclusive, exquisite,
and timeless collection of hand made and hand embroidered wraps, shawls
and scarves meant for only those with the most distinctive taste.
Hand-crafted by master craftsmen, our
Seasons Collections line is very exclusive. The exquisite and intricate
artistry of the shawls and wraps have been created using materials that
are the finest that Kashmir has to offer - the purest hand-woven
Himalayan Pashmina, the best Kashmir wool, and the most exotic Kashmir
silk. Every item in each of our collections has been hand selected by
our in-house Kashmir shawl experts, some having been commissioned
exclusively for us. Every product offered in the Seasons
Collection has been touched by hand during multiple or all stages of
their creation–hand-woven, hand-embroidered, hand-sown,
hand-dyed, hand-washed and even traditionally sun dried – with an
attention to detail that only the finest institutions guarantee.
Kashmiri artists have used their artistry and imagination in brilliant
combinations of color and design to showcase their art and we are
extremely proud and feel privileged to bring to you an art form that is
timeless and rare. Besides being not easily accessible.
Every item in the Seasons collections is an heirloom piece and just like the art in itself that has survived centuries, every Seasons piece when taken appropriate care will survive generations. Seasons products are meant to be exclusive, not for the mass market. Each product in our Seasons Collections is one of a kind, once sold there will not be another of the exact same type.The uniqueness of each product in the Seasons collection, the quality of the craftsmanship, the materials used and the packaging in which it is delivered all reflect our passion and commitment in providing only Kashmir’s very best to our customers.
We proudly present this exquisite and timeless Kashmir bouquet – Seasons.To access Seasons Collection click here.