The magic of cashmere ‘kani’ shawl!

'Talim' or the design and the corresponding instructions page for the workman to follow..

‘Talim’ or the design and the corresponding instructions page for the workman to follow..

On our recent sourcing trip to Kashmir, we capture in this video the mesmerizing art of weaving the beautiful and awesome art of ‘kani’ on a cashmere shawl. This tradition of weaving floral motifs on bobbins has been preserved over the centuries and is quite a work of craftsmanship and patience….it takes a weaver approx. one week to complete one inch of floral design!

Arranging the 'kanis' or the bobbins for the job..

Arranging the ‘kanis’ or the bobbins for the job..

the proud and hard working skilled 'kani' craftsman..!

the proud and hard working skilled ‘kani’ craftsman..!

Different colored bobbins to be used during the process

Different colored bobbins to be used during the process

Two 'karigars' or the craftsmen work in unison to weave the motifs of love and life...!

Two ‘karigars’ or the craftsmen work in unison to weave the motifs of love and life…!

And the finished 'kani' design border on the cashmere shawl unfolds...

And the finished ‘kani’ design border on the cashmere shawl unfolds…

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