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Sunday , December 16 , 2012
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Derek O'Brien

Winter has arrived, and the shawls and cardigans have been dug out from the trunks, dry-cleaned and are ready for use. The shawl has for long been the favoured means of fighting chilly winters in India. The Kashmiri shawl, the most popular, comes in two styles. Loom woven or Kani, which is created by manipulation of tiny wooden sticks called tujis, and needle embroidered or Sozni. The two most famous shawls are Pashmina and Shahtoosh. Pashmina shawls are made from the wool of the Changthangi goat, and the Shahtoosh is made from the wool of Tibetan antelope or the Chiru. Unfortunately, a high demand for this variety has led to indiscriminate killing of the species. The Chiru have been now declared endangered and the government has banned trade of Shahtoosh shawls.


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The Do Shalla was made famous by Emperor Akbar. He introduced the fashion of wearing shawls in duplicate, stitched back to back, so that the under surfaces were not visible. Thus, they are always sold in pairs.


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