TYPES OF EMBROIDERIES
There are various types of hand embroideries adorning Pashmina, adding to its value & elegance. Among them, the Sozni Embroidery is the heart of Kashmir & Pashmina alike.
SOZNI EMBROIDERY (on Pashmina)
Sozni embroidery uses thin needles and silk threads to create elaborate floral or paisley patterns on Pashmina shawls and stoles.
The colorful motifs are so meticulously hand-embroidered that the Pashmina base is barely visible.
Sozni requires patience and hard work. A single shawl can take up to two to three years to complete. Besides, there are master craftsmen working on it for six hours every day.
Considered one of the most tedious forms of needlework, Aari hand embroidery is the specialty of Kashmiri artisans. They use hooked needles, also called tambour, consequently creating intrinsic, concentric loops.
This fine art has been in existence in India since the 16th century. To start with, Mughals patronized it to create elaborate and highly refined floral motifs for royal garments.
Due to its alluring demeanor, we have pashmina shawls and stoles embellished with aari work. You can find both traditional and contemporary styles in our collection.
Literally meaning "rags" in Sanskrit, the word Kantha originated from the West Bengal state of India. It was used for the pile of worn-out silk and muslin clothes that women stitched together as a winter drape.
Whereas today, it represents a type of embroidery that is done with a simple running stitch along the edges of the fabric. Additionally adding stunning motifs of flowers, animals, birds and geometrical shapes on stoles and scarves is its beauty
TILLA EMBROIDERY (On Pashmina)
A royal tilla embroidered Pashmina is indeed an unmatched luxury clothing to own.
Tilla is a golden thread, which is used to embroider bold paisleys, gorgeous florets along the borders of a Pashmina shawl.
Done with needles as thin as size 28, this captivating hand embroidery makes every wrap a truly regal affair.
KALAMKARI EMBROIDERY (On Pashmina)
Forte of Najibabadi craftsman and rafoogar, Kalamkari technique imitates antique woven designs of dorukha Kashmir jamawar shawls from the 1860s.
It consists of mixing hand-painted art with innovative decoration and outlining beautiful floral patterns on the pashmina.
Also read: Kashmiri Shawls during the Dogra Period