The addition of silk to the Pashmina fabric enhances its sheen, durability, and gives it a smooth texture. The blend of Pashmina and silk creates a luxurious and opulent material, perfect for creating shawls of exceptional quality.
The Sozni work, also known as needlework, is a traditional form of embroidery that has been practiced for centuries in Kashmir. Skilled artisans meticulously hand-embroider delicate and intricate designs onto the Pashmina silk fabric using a fine needle and silk thread. Sozni work often features floral motifs, paisleys, and intricate patterns, reflecting the rich cultural heritage of Kashmir. The embroidery is done on both sides of the fabric, creating a reversible design that showcases the artistry and attention to detail.
Zari work, on the other hand, involves the use of metallic threads, usually gold or silver, to create ornate designs and patterns. The shimmering threads are skillfully woven into the fabric, adding a touch of glamour and richness to the shawl. Zari work is often used to highlight specific motifs, borders, or intricate details, creating a striking contrast against the softness of the Pashmina silk.
Together, the combination of Pashmina silk, Sozni work, and Zari work results in a masterpiece of craftsmanship and elegance. Kashmiri Pashmina shawls with Sozni and Zari work are highly coveted and treasured as heirloom pieces. They are not only a fashion statement but also a symbol of luxury, tradition, and the rich cultural heritage of Kashmir.