Stunning black scarf hand embroidered in a red tone floral pattern.
Hand embroidered in Kashmir
Premium Soft Wool
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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Ship items back to me within: 14 days of delivery
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Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
Nov 11, 2020
Mansoor is a gem and this now makes three shawls purchased from Nisba. He expedited shipping for them and even took time to write a handwritten note! This is a Christmas gift to remember, and one way to send 2020 out with a better ending. Thanks, Mansoor, wishing you and your family the BEST!
Nov 22, 2019
I've been looking for a scarf like this for years and I'm glad I waited. This scarf is absolutely beautiful! I love the contrast of the hand embroidery of the red/pink flowers on the black wool scarf. The scarf itself is not only a stunning work of art but also serves a dual purpose and will keep me warm. The detail hand work of the flowers is my favourite thing about this scarf - you really notice the quality of it when you see it in person. I'm very happy with the scarf and looking forward to buying more in the future.