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Kullu Shawls
w188.jpgKulu has been famous for its shawls with striking geometrical patterns and vibrant lives. Earlier, the Kulivi people used to weave plain shawls but after the arrival of Bushehari craftsman from Rampur, Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh, the trend of patterned handloom came into existence.Typical Kullu shawls have geometrical designs on both ends. Besides geometrical designs, the shawls are also woven in floral designs, which may run all over, on the corners or on the borders only. Each design may have one to 8 colours. Traditionally, bright colours, viz. red, yellow, magenta pink, green, orange, blue, black and white were used for patterning and white, black and natural grey or brown were used as the base in these shawls. But in the present times keeping in mind the customer demand, these bright colours are being replaced gradually by pastel colours. Mill spun yarn dyed in various colours is used for the ground, while a vast range of acrylic colours is used for the pattern in the border. These shawls are available in Sheep Wool, Angora, Pashmina, Yak Wool and handspun material. The yarn used may be chemically dyed or vegetable dyed.Price of any shawl depends upon quality of wool and the number and width of patterns used in it. Owing to the high cost of labour involved in the sorting of fine pashmina fiber, the shawls prepared from pashmina wool are expensive.


Technical Specifications of Kullu Shawl:

Yarn Used:


2/ 44's, to 2/ 64's Woolen Worsted


2/ 44's to 2/ 64's Woolen Worsted , Hand Spun- Pashmina, Angora, etc.


2/ 32's Woolen Worsted / Acrylic. 2-3 ply.


2Mt. x 1Mt.


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


If woven in 2/ 48's count the weight of a shawl may vary from 360to 390gms, conditional on the outline & design.

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