Rafaa Black GI Pashmina Shawl
An eclectic confluence between the art of Pashmina and Sozni Kari is Rafaa, a hand embroidered Pashmina shawl in a regal black. The shawl reflects the fascinated period of the Mughals who were the first ones to introduce Sozni embroidered Pashmina shawls to the world. Be the first one to drape its alluring essence, and flaunt the world how mesmerising traditional souvenirs can be.
- Handwoven in Kashmir
- Hand Embroidered with Love
- 100% Grade A Cashmere
- Guaranteed Authenticity
- Complimentary Luxury Gift Box
- Complimentary Worldwide Shipping
Most of the time, it is the Sozni Kari that is done over a GI Pashmina shawl because of its delicate texture and finesse. Since the underlying base is exceptionallly delicate and fine, Sozni Kari is considered as most harmless embroidery of all. The making of a GI Sozni shawl starts with hand spinning and hand weaving of the finest Ladakhi Cashmere. This results in the foration of a solid GI Pashmina shawl, ready to be embroidered by master embroidery artisans
What is Sozni Kari: Sozni embroidery or Sozni Kari is a fine needlework carried upon the delicate Pashmina shawl to infuse traditional motifs in beautiful colours over a plain base. Locally known as sicznikeam (needlework), Sozni embroidery is considered one of the most sophisticated forms of embroideries in Kashmir valley, with no parallel anywhere in the world. This exceptionally fine, gossamery and artistic needlework needs the full attention and expertly skill of an artisan who spends months and sometimes years together to complete one single piece.
Be it weaving or embroidering the delicate Pashmina shawl, both need to be done carefully with utmost precision. When a Pashmina shawl is chosen for Sozni embroidery, there are a few steps to be followed
Choosing a Naqsh: A finely carved walnut wood block acts as a stamp, to lay the base for the design over the shawl. Blocks are different for borders and the centre of a shawl. It takes a lot of time to choose from amongst a hundred such blocks which have been carved by masterly walnut woodcarvers.
Stamping the shawl: An expert craftsman carefully places the chosen block dipped in ink over the shawl in the desired place.
Embroidering: This imprinted shawl is sent to embroidery experts who work over the imprints with a fine colourful threads. Colours are decided simultaneously with the process of embroidering. If a colour doesn't produce the desired effect, it can be undone to use another shade.
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.