This long wool shawl was hand woven using the special 'kanni' technique, where toothpick like sticks with thread wrapped around them were used to create the pattern. These minute sticks are passed through finely woven Pashmina wool shawls - a process that is painstakingly long. Sometimes, weavers are barely able to complete a square inch of a shawl in a day’s work, which results in a very limited output, making these shawls extremely precious. It is said that some of the 'kanni' shawls that were woven for the royal courts could even take a decade to be completed. It is also believed that because of the detail and minute work in these shawls the
weavers could make only 2 shawls in their life as there after their eyesight would not be strong enough to work on these shawls any more, thus making them extremely exclusive.
Circa : Late 19th century
Rs. 80,000 - 1,20,000
(Inclusive 15% margin)
Provenance : Property of a Royal Estate
from North India.