Materials And Designs Explained
Pashmina is the finest, softest and warmest wool which comes exclusively from the underbelly of the Capra Hircus goat, in remote regions of Himalayas. These special goats grow a thin, inner coat of hair that insulates them during the long, harsh Himalayan winters. It is this unique inner coat of hair , which is shed naturally, is used to produce pashmina.
Pashmina is also quite unusual in that it actually becomes softer and more comfortable with each use, making it gentler on your skin each every time you wear it. With proper care, it can last a lifetime.
In general, dry cleaning is the preferred method of washing .
These are made in Himachal Pradesh, India. Kullu stoles are famous for intricate multi-colour strong geometrical patterns woven with woollen yarns.
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 are available in Sheep Wool, Angora, Pashmina, Yak Wool and handspun material. The yarn used may be chemically dyed or vegetable dyed. The design is first developed on graph paper and then it is woven on ordinary fly shuttle frame which it is time consuming and requires high degree of skill.
Kani work scarves
Made from pure hand-spun pashmina yarn and woven in an intricate all-over pattern, this beautiful and unique shawl is truly a heirloom piece. A Kani shawl takes weeks to a year for an artisan to complete depending on the embroidery. The shawl is woven with special wooden needles, called ‘kanis’ in Kashmiri, and on a traditional hand loom, hence the name “kani shawls”. The knots are made according to a set design, which is already printed on paper called ‘taleem’. The process of weaving line by line is repeated time and again until the final masterpiece is ready.
Kantha embroidery scarves
Kantha work has been used for a very long time for making Kantha quilts using old saris. The old saris of Indian women are put together with small tiny stitches to transform them to beautiful creations thus Old clothes are given a fresh and beautiful life with this age old tradition. The simple running stitches done with colourful threads were used to make pictures of every day life, floral and fauna designs and geometric patterns on quilts by women across generations .The old Kantha technique of patching and sewing together is kept alive by using it to decorate various textiles including scarves which may or may not have patches of fabrics. At Saneymi we use this technique to embellish silk scarves which may or may not be on a printed base.
Hand block printed scarves
The process of block printing takes time and skilled printers. The three main tools of a block printed fabric are the wooden blocks, the fabric and the dye. It can take five carvers up to three days to create an intricate design in a block of teak for use as a printing block. The printers may use up to 30 blocks to complete a design. Separate blocks are required for each of the colors used in a design. Each color of a design is done by a different printer. The process requires teamwork, as each subsequent printer must place the block accurately to create a beautiful, whole pattern.
Once the pattern is finished on the whole length of fabric, the piece is treated to fix the dyes to get the rich and vibrant colours. Hand block printing can be done on any type of fabric.
Sozni is the Kashmiri word for needle. the designs are embroidered using a single needle on hand loom woven pashmina . Depending on the embroidery, the base pashmina can be tightly or loosely woven. For intricate designs, Densely woven base is used since needle work covers most of the shawl so a stinger base is needed.. At Saneymi we want to promote the usage of delicate traditional motifs, which suit this style of embroidery the best. These range from motifs in Florals and Paisleys or just borders to all over running Jaals.