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A Kani Shawl is a type of Kashmir shawl originating from the Kanihama area of the Kashmir valley. It is one of the oldest handicraft of Kashmir. This craft has been a part of the valley since the time of Mughals. The shawls are woven from pashmina yarn. The government of Jammu and Kashmir has granted a geographical indication to the Kani shawl, making it illegal to sell shawls made outside of the Kanihama area as Kani shawls.
Kani weaving is believed to be an art indigenous to Kanihama and traced back to 3000 BC. This exquisite shawl was once coveted by Mughal Kings, Sikh Maharajas and British Aristocrats. The Ain-i-Akbari records that Emperor Akbar was an avid collector of Kani shawls. While the name ‘Kani’ comes from the area where this particular artisans come from, Kanihama, the word ‘Kani’ – in Kashmiri – also means a small wooden oblong spool.
A stole generally is a fancy version of the shawl, though it has a few other distinctions. It is narrower than a shawl, almost always taking the form of a long, thin rectangle.
Colours straight from the heavens meet a tryst when bold threads of Kashmiri embroidery fall over their alluring essence and create a stole ideal for winter seasons. The stole is woven in fine Kashmiri wool in vivid colours which mirror modish fashions and evoke the feel of ancient cultures.
Differences between a Scarf, Shawl, Wrap and Stole.
Ever wondered what exactly the difference is between a wrap and shawl, or when a scarf becomes a wrap? These days there seems to be a fair amount of confusion with regards to these terms, and no wonder, they are very frequently used interchangeably. So, for those who want to be fashion term savvy, here’s a quick run-down for you. All four names represent finished pieces of fabric that are worn. They can be made from natural fibers such as silk, cashmere, wool, cotton and linen, or man-made fibers such as acrylic and polyester.
A shawl is a rectangular/triangular/square larger piece of fabric generally draped over the shoulders or wrapped around the body. It is worn for decorative purposes (to accent an outfit or cover bare shoulders in formal attire), religious purposes, or to keep warm. In past shawl was used for winter only and were made from only pure wool. Shawls mostly come 80-110 cm wide to 180 cm – 210 cm long.
A stole would be known more as a formal shawl of expensive fabric used around the shoulders over a party dress or ball gown. A stole is typically narrower than a shawl, and of simpler construction than a cape, wrapped and carried about the shoulders or arms. Lighter materials such as silk and chiffon and are simply finished. It has been said that the term ‘stole’ probably is related to the ancient Roman stola (the woman’s version of the toga).
Generally comes in size of 50-70 cm wide to 175cm -190cm long.
As a rule of thumb, scarves are long and thin; think of a typical winter wool scarf or they can be square like a classic silk scarf. In other words, the term is usually used to describe a fabric item that can be wrapped or tied around your neck for warmth and or style. Scarves can be casual or formal and everywhere in-between.
Size of scarf normally varies from 10cm -40cm in width and 120cm – 200 cm in length. There are scarves, and then there are blanket scarves. Blanket scarves are a giant version of a scarf that are so big they could even be used as, you guessed it, a blanket. They’re warm, cozy, comfortable, and wonderful, and they are very much on trend this season. They are extremely versatile as scarves, makeshift ponchos or capes, shawls, and yes, even a blanket.
Wrap is a more recent term, and used primarily to describe both shawls and stoles. Effectively it is an interchangeable word that covers any loose outer garment or piece of material that can be wrapped around the upper body.
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