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Kinnauri Shawls


w188.jpgWidely renowned for the intricacy and finesse in weaving Kinnauri Shawls are unique. Their elaborate geometrical designs bear a strong Central Asian influence. Many of the motifs woven have a very special symbolic and religious significance. The colours used for ground are white, black, natural grey and brown. The main colours used for patterning are red, orange, pink, blue, green, yellow, black and white. Out of these five colours represent five elements—white stands for water, yellow for earth, red for fire, green for air and blue for aether. Many a times, they have patterned borders running all along the four edges thereby increasing the labour involved and making them more expensive than Kullu Shawls. Most of the shawls for commercial use are woven on the frame loom, though the ones for local use are still woven on the pitloom. Here the weaver weaves it in two pieces of half width each and later joins them from the center with elaborate hand stitching. This serves the dual purpose of function and ornamentation.

 

 

Technical Specifications of Kinnauri shawls:

Yarn Used:

Warp

2/48's woollen worsted.

Weft

2/48's woollen worsted, hand-spun—Indian wool, Pashmina, Angora (Rabbit wool).

Patterning

2/32's woollen worsted/ acrylic (Cashmelon).

Size

2Mt. x 1Mt.

Weave

2/2 Twill (base) & Weft rib in patterning.

Weight

If woven in 2/48's count the weight of one woman's shawl may vary from 360 to 390 gm depending on the pattern and design. However if yarn of other counts or handspun yarn is used, no definite weight can be predicted. It will depend on count of yarn and pattern/ design.

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SUNDER NAGAR SHOWROOM
    Bhojpur Bazar
, Sundar Nagar, District Mandi (H.P.)
SARVARI SHOWROOM
    Sahkar Bhawan, Near Bus Stand Sarvari, District Kullu (H.P.)
SHIMLA SHOWROOM
    24, M.C. Complex, Middle Bazar, Shimla, District Shimla (H.P.)
NAHAN SHOWROOM
    Sanik Welfare Board Bulding Gunnu Ghat Nahan,
District Sirmour (H.P.)
PALAMPUR SHOWROOM
    The Mall Palampur, Opp. Kangra Central Cooperative Bank Palampur.
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