Making Of a Kashmir Kani Shawl
Kani Artisans are people with tremendous skill and patience. The amount of concentration these artisans have is unbelievable. Depending on the intricacy and complexity of the design being woven, an artisan can weave a maximum of one inch per day. It can take anywhere between 3 to 36 months to weave a Kani Shawl.
Made In Paradise
If there is a paradise upon earth, it is here, it is here, it is here.
Believed to be an art indigenous to the paradise “Kashmir” and traced back to 3000 BC, it used to be a must have for Kings from Mughals to Ceasers.
KANI means a small wooden oblong spool in Kashmiri.
A Kani shawl is woven like a carpet, thread by thread,based on the coded pattern called talim.The talim guides the weaver in number of warp threads to be covered in a particular colored-weft.
Kashmir Pashmina Cashmere is used to craft this shawl. To survive the cold temperatures next only to Siberia, at these altitudes the goats develop a fine fleece under the thick outside fur.
Its not surprising why Kani Shawls are housed in world’s finest musems like Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and the department of Islamic art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.