The Sycamore leaf pattern in this timeless scarf is a classic motif used by artisans in Kashmir.
Known in Kashmir as Chinar or Booune, the Sycamore tree was originally imported from Central Asia to Kashmir in the 17th century and over time came to symbolize Kashmir and now finds its place in many artisanal forms, including embroidery, papier machee, wood carving and metal work. In Fall, the deep green sycamore leaves bring life to grey skies as they change to vibrant reds, ambers and yellows.
Hand embroidered in Kashmir
Soft premium wool
Dimensions: 28" x 78"
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Le motif de feuilles de sycomore de cette écharpe intemporelle est un motif classique utilisé par les artisans du Cachemire.
Connu au Cachemire sous le nom de Chinar ou Booune, le sycomore a été importé à l'origine d'Asie centrale au Cachemire au 17ème siècle et au fil du temps est venu symboliser le Cachemire et trouve maintenant sa place sous de nombreuses formes artisanales, y compris la broderie, le papier mâché, la sculpture sur bois et le métal travail. En automne, les feuilles de sycomore vert foncé donnent vie à un ciel gris en se transformant en rouges, ambres et jaunes vibrants.
Main brodée au Cachemire
laine douce de première qualité
Les Dimensions: 28" x 78"
Unsure if the shawl you are looking is authentic/ hand-embroidered from Kashmir? Caveat emptor, i.e. let the buyer beware, applies just as equally when purchasing hand-embroidered shawls.
We suggest that before you part with your hard-earned money, ask the seller for pictures of the back of the shawl and use some of the tips noted below to make an informed purchase. Happy Shopping!
1) There are primarily two styles of embroidery in Kashmir (i) Chain Stitch (Aari) & (ii) Needle work (Sozni).
2) (i) Chain-stitch patterns are often bolder and floral - The back of the hand-embroidered pieces will look uneven and often have visible threads (see some of our listings for sample pictures). In contrast, machine made ones tend to (a) have a flat face embroidery with a bit of a shine & (b) have an even/clean embroidery pattern in the back. Machine-made chain-stitch shawls are unfortunately more common than the original hand-embroidered ones.
3) (ii) Needle work embroidery is finer, and paisley motifs are common. The back of the hand-embroidered pieces will clearly look uneven and the pattern will not be discernible (see some of our listings for sample pictures). In contrast, the machine made ones look almost picture perfect, both from the front and the back.
4) Traditional art should offer both beauty and utility. If the embroidery is not authentic, then the wool used for the scarf comes into question, with an increased likelihood of mixed fibres (sometimes with as low as 20% wool).
5) Shawls made in Kashmir are not the same as ones made of Cashmere wool, which is much more expensive and should have more intricate and finer embroidery. Quality cashmere wool scarves with just an inch of embroidery at the border often start at more than $500, and one with all-over embroidery is hard to find below $1,000. Pashmina, the traditional name of Cashmere, is so misused now that it can literally mean anything, even 0% wool!
6) Vintage/Antique embroidered shawls are hard to come by as most people don't part with theirs.
7) Stated raison d'être to help artisans should be taken with a grain of salt.
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