Undying nature of Creation, from the blessed lands of Kashmir, Pashmina is handcrafted in the valley and woven with the hands of artisans filled with the touch of love and gratitude towards the craft. Pashmina originally in its other grade as Cashmere, from the hairs of Changra goats, combed and cleaned. Transferred to the valley of Kashmir, to spun into the yarn from where the craft of Pashmina reaches its heights. The hard work and core work by the artisans have been evident in the masterpiece worm by in fashion of luxury. Shakeel Ahmed, an artisan who has been doing the Kani weave onto the Pashmina for 16 years now. Kani weave, performed by the Kanis that are the wooden sticks of hand size made of forest wood known to be as “poss tul”. The Kanis have a colourful thread around to present their wefts in an already warped Pashmina shawl. “The best of the craft of exquisiteness is in the Kani weave, it's magical and very tough, one needs to be the most diligent.” Said Shakeel while smiling Kani weave is the most intricate and tiring as well as extensive form of Pashmina craft taking years to complete one masterpiece. Nowadays, due to the modern machines, the weave is done by a machine by which the sense of skill is leftover in the valley of artisans leaving them in despair between nowhere.
Shakeel Ahmed and Pashmina.com
Pashmina.com and Shakeel Ahmed are preserving the Kani weave done by the hands of artisans to provide livelihood and to preserve the best of crafts among all Pashmina crafts.
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