India is known for her people’s intricate craftsmanship especially their beautiful textiles. The Kullu Shawl is a gorgeous showcase of India’s craftspeople. A Kullu Shawl can be worn by both male and females. They can be distinguished by their patterns with the former featuring more simple and plain shawls.
They come in various designs ranging from plain ones to specially designed ones that feature geometric and floral prints. The shawls feature up to eight colours in their designs, making them an appealing gift for both locals and tourists. The cloth usually features geometric patterns on both ends. Depending on the intricacy of these shawls, prices can start from Rs. 800 to Rs 10,000 or more!
The Kullu Shawl gets its name from its creators, the Kullvi people. Kullvi people inhabit the temperate region of the Himalayas, home to Sheep, Ox and other furry animals. Typically, Kullu Shawls are made from three types of wool – merino wool, angora wool and local sheep wool, using handlooms and traditional skills passed down from generations of local craft families. The different types of wool may sometimes be combined to create unique varieties.
In recent years, power-loom-made shawls have been entering the market under the guise of the “Kullu Shawl” name. These pieces are mass produced and even copy the traditional designs of Kullu Shawls. This practice has damaged local livelihoods that depend on the production of traditional handloom Kullu Shawls as shopkeepers are able to sell the textiles at a much cheaper rate.
Ravishing India Holidays hopes our guests will support local craftsmen and traditional workmanship. Our personal concierge will always be with you so please reach out to us during your shopping trips so that we may help you discern the authenticity of the product.