The plain shawl woven on a hand loom is then hand embroidered by the artisans. Embroidery is done by both men and women in Kashmir. The pattern is drawn on a plain shawl using temporary ink on a hand carved wooden blocks which e becomes guiding pattern for the artisan to follow the pattern. The artisans use a tiny needle to embroider the shawls using a fine cotton thread or a silk thread.
Pashmeena being soft and delicate fabric an embroider ought to be very precise and alert. The beauty about embroidered shawls is that no two shawls are very the same even if the same artisan is re doing it.
Following is a gallery of embroidered shawls. To shop click here
To watch embroiderers at work please click here.