Kaleidoscope Do-Rukha Embroidered Pashmina Shawl
The rich art of Pashmina making has been unparalleled ever since it was born, in the high altitudes of the Changpa valley, here in Ladakh. Reminiscent of the same, here is one of the classic treasures that the artisan holds immensely close to his heart. The shawl is handwoven in an Aksi Do Rukha or reversible pattern, where one side of the shawl is the mirror image of the other - both hand embroidered for over a period of 5 long years. The shawl takes inspiration from Mughal courts where it is believed the Emperor Akbar owned a huge collection of such shawls - as mentioned in Ain E Akbari - a biography written in the court of Akbar.
Over a downy base, intricate patterns of Kashmiri sozni Kari, or threadwork are closely patterned, such that the base is barely visible. Ideal for special occasion, weddings, bridal gifts and more, let the shawl narrate takes of your glorious traditions.
- Handwoven in Kashmir
- Hand Embroidered with love
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"Do-Rukha", literally means "two-faced" and it refers to the specific type of wraps that were woven in a manner that the embroidery on the front of the wrap is mirrored by the pattern on the back thus earning it the title of Aksi Do Rukha (aksi meaning reflection). An Aksi Do Rukha wrap has been in style since 1860 and widely cherished for its unique weave and embroidery which gives the wearer a pleasure of having two wraps in one. The magnificent features and intricate embroidery makes this type of wraps the most extravagant and costly than all the other types of Cashmere.
An embroidered Do Rukha wrap can be combined with a plain back side or a mirror image of the front side. Nevertheless, however patterned, this variety of Cashmere wraps has earned a global acclaim for its fine Cashmere base and magically profuse embroidery that makes it a symbol of superior craftsmanship and a piece of art.Origin
It is said that Emperor Akbar was a true patron of Do Rukha wraps but those wraps were woven in the Kani weave. It is even mentioned in the Ain E Akbari, a biography written in the court of Akbar, that his majesty owned a huge variety of these Do Rukha Kani wraps. It is even believed that these wraps were considered exceptionally luxurious and expensive, and would be traded worth their weight in gold. In fact some used these wraps in forms of tax or paid a king's ransom. It is these same wraps which inspired the present day Embroidered Do Rukha variety which is equally extravagant and royal.The Golden Hands behind this Art
The Aksi Do Rukha Cashmere wraps are crafted by master craftsmen who weave the wraps in such perfection that magically both sides of the wrap become a mirror image of each other. These expert artisans live for these pieces, as the wraps are their only source of income. It takes some of these wraps more than 4 years to complete with 8-10 hours of work per day. It is after such painstaking and meticulous efforts that these craft marvels come into existence.Wearing an embroidered DoRukha
The Aksi Do Rukha is perfect for gelid winter seasons as the underlying Cashmere is an archive of pleasant warmth. But since this variety is more lavish and expensive than the others, it is perfect for brides, wedding events or luxury gifts to your dear ones.
Care: Taking care of your Aksi Do Rukha wrap is quintessential. One has to make sure to store these safely, thereby preserving it from harmful effects of moth. As far as cleaning this type of wrap is considered, always get them dry cleaned professionally. Remember that this exquisite piece with you is not just pricey, but a treasured heritage whose worth aggrandizes more and more as time passes.
We appreciate that you expect the finest quality of Pashmina from us. So we follow a stringent quality-testing approach on every single piece that we produce. Our Pashminas go through an inflexible testing procedure at the Craft Development Institute (CDI) of Srinagar, the only fully-focused Pashmina lab in India. After testing our Pashminas come with lab reports, fibre tests, name of product and artisan and product life and durability.
We guarantee the purity and authenticity of our products. We are 100% sure about our products being handwoven from pure Cashmere yarn. If you are not satisfied with the product, or if it is proven that any of our claims are false, you can easily return it to us with a full refund.
In the modern era where fast fashion has become a whirring concept, people have compromised with low quality, instant production, and accepted degradation that it causes to the environment. To lower the harmful impact of fast fashion fads on the planet, Pashmina.com produces environment friendly, sustainable wraps that last for generations. Our products are made from natural Cashmere fibre, dyed with nontoxic dyes and use water conservation methods for the final wash.
In addition to taking care of the environment, Pashmina.com makes sure that products are handcrafted by artisans who use traditional artisan skills and organic Cashmere yarn to produce ethereal pieces. As a mark of honour and a token of gratitude, we donate 5% of our proceeds to the artisan community to improve their livelihood and standards of living.